for the week ending November 17, 2017

Spring Seminar Set for St. Louis:  The 2018 edition of the MTIA Business Strategy Seminar  returns to the Hilton at the Ballpark in St. Louis April 24 and 25.  Our half- day seminar on April 25 will feature Megan Hawks and her team from Nex-Tech for an in-depth presentation on two timely topics:   re-branding your telco for a broadband world and developing an effective fiber marketing plan.  We of course will plan to host our annual group trip to the Cardinals-Mets game on the evening of April 24, including an all-you-care to eat dinner buffet in the Bank of America Club at Busch Stadium.  Be sure to mark your calendar and make plans to join your colleagues.  See you in St. Louis.

Miller Seeking New GM:  MTIA member-company Miller Telephone Company is seeking candidates for a working General Manager with  an extensive background in FTTH and broadband service installation and maintenance.  Applicants should also have experience in managing teams or workgroups. Exposure to customer service, purchasing, sales and installation of business phone systems, personnel and payroll all a plus.  Qualified candidates should promptly submit a cover letter and resume with current income and expected wages to GenMgr@Millertelephone.com.

Safety Summit Headed for Springfield:  The 2017 Missouri Common Ground Alliance Damage Prevention & Excavation Safety Summit, the state’s largest safety training event for the utility and construction industry,  is set for December 6 and 7 at the Ozark Empire Fairgrounds in Springfield.    The event features more than a dozen sessions on safety practices  on the jobsite, industry speakers, specialized equipment and training, and safety rescue demonstrations.  Registration is free to Missouri’s telecommunications employees.  For more information, click on   Missouri Safety Summit.

Missouri AG Targets Google:  Missouri Attorney General John Hawley has announced his office is investigating Google for potential violations of the state’s consumer-protection and antitrust laws.  His office issued a subpoena this week to the tech giant to gather information.  Hawley’s’ office is checking into what Google does with the user information it collects,  and allegations that it inappropriately scrapes information from competitors’ websites.  The office also is looking into claims that the company manipulates search results to favor its own websites over competitors’, which has been the subject of recent scrutiny in Europe.

Industry Partner of the Week:  MTIA member-company Telquip LLC is a manufacturers’ representative with a focus on serving the outside plant, construction, and maintenance needs of Missouri telecommunications carriers.  For more information, contact Vicki Story-Agro, sales and support, at 913-972-1199; or visit them online at www.telquip.com.

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