Congressman Tours Citizens Telephone Company Congressman Emanuel Cleaver II, toured the office of Citizens Telephone Company/Citizens Cablevision on Wednesday, September 4, 2103. More>>

Carrots and Sticks, Ric Telthorst, President, MTIA From the pages of Missouri Business, the Magazine of the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, January, 2013 When I flip on a light switch or turn the tap in the kitchen, I don’t know what happens. I know the lights blink on, and the water flows into the sink. But I don’t really have an understanding of all that is needed to make that happen. The infrastructure, investment, and technology that makes these essentials a part of my everyday life exist dimly in the background while I go about my day. More>>

When It Comes to Texting and Driving: It Can Wait, John Sondag, President, AT&T
Missouri School is now in session, which means football on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons, temperatures are about to get cooler, and teens across Missouri and the rest of America are back in class. With teens driving to and from school, work, and after school activities, it is important that, in addition to the rules of the road, we focus on educating teens, their families, and their communities about the dangers of texting and driving. More>>

Safe Digging Month MTIA President Ric Telthorst and MTIA board member Doug Galloway, CenturyLink, were among a number of business leaders in attendance in Governor Nixon’s office recently for a proclamation noting April as Safe Digging Month. The event was organized by the Missouri One Call system and its members. Mr. Galloway also serves on the One Call board of directors.

Kingdom Telephone Company Hosts Meeting on Broadband Internet and USF Kingdom Telephone Company hosted Senator Roy Blunt; Missouri Representatives Jeannie Riddle, Jay Houghton, and John Cauthorn; local officials, and area businessmen at a meeting August 24, 2011 to discuss broadband Internet and the Universal Service Fund (USF). General Manager Tom Young stressed the continuing importance of the USF and the Rural Utilities Service (RUS) loan program to rural telecommunications. Both programs face uncertainty and the promise of change that may adversely affect communities in traditionally hard-to-serve areas such as rural Missouri. Young outlined the difficulties of serving sparsely populated areas with difficult and challenging terrain. He explained that the proposed FCC rule changes could impact negatively on the availability, quality, and price of broadband. The group also discussed regulatory pressures on small businesses that may stifle job creation and new investment, the federal deficit, and the environment.

MTIA Member Don Kelly Among National Finalists: Don Kelly, owner of MTIA member company Don E. Kelly Contractor based in Norwood, Missouri, is among 12 national finalists for Contractor of the Year 2011, sponsored by construction equipment manufacturer Caterpillar and leading construction trade magazine Equipment World. More>>