for the week ending August 25, 2017

Senator, Governor Highlight Rural Broadband:  U.S. Senator Roy Blunt and Governor Eric Greitens held a joint news conference last Thursday at the Missouri State Fair in Sedalia to highlight both the accomplishments of and the challenges facing rural broadband providers.  MTIA President Ric Telthorst participated in the event as well, and took the opportunity highlight some of the recent success stories from rural telecom carriers across the state. Barry Hart, CEO of the Association of Missouri Electric Cooperatives, pointed out the upcoming opportunity for broadband providers to bid on the federal funding  being made available in the CAF reverse auction in Missouri and other states.

Commission Seeks Legislative Director:  Long-time Missouri PSC legislative director Robert Boone has announced his retirement at the end of August, prompting the Commission to begin recruiting candidates to coordinate and direct the agency’s legislative affairs.  The Commission is seeking someone with a background in public policy and/or utility regulation, and prior experience as a lobbyist.  Interested candidates should apply by September 8 at pscjobs@psc.mo.gov.

Green Hills  Seeks OSP Manager:  MTIA member-company  Green Hills Telephone Corporation is looking for someone to direct all system plant operations and oversee construction, operation and maintenance of telecommunications equipment and networks.  Candidates must have knowledge of fiber to the premise (FTTP) architectures and Ethernet transport internet protocol architecture. Bachelor’s degree; or four to ten years related experience/training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Excellent benefits.  A complete job description can be requested from HR@ghtc.com. Please submit resume and salary requirements to HR@ghtc.com.

Industry Partner of the Week:  MTIA member-company  Sellenriek Construction provides all phases of buried and aerial outside plant construction for Missouri’s telecommunications carriers.  For more information, contact Steve Sellenriek, President, at 573-474-2065; or visit them online at www.sellenriekconstruction.com.

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