2013 MACTA Day at the Capitol

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Will there be a “Major Overhaul of Minnesota’s Telecom Law”?

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Members (MACTA, ACM, LMC): $35
Non-members: $60

Fee includes box lunch

Who Should Attend?

  • MACTA Members
    - Cable Commissioners and Staff
    - PEG Managers, Board Members, Producers (Volunteers and Staff)
    - City Elected Officials and Staff
  • League of Minnesota Cities Members
  • Alliance for Community Media (ACM)
  • ACM Midwest Regional Members


On the State Level:

  • How will the announcement by the State’s House Commerce Committee Chair to, “Expect a major overhaul of Minnesota’s out-of-date telecom law” impact cities?
  • Will state cable franchising arise during these discussions?
  • What other cable and telecom issues may come up this session?
  • Update on the Broadband Task Force

On the Federal Level:

  • How will cities’ authority over rights-of-way and local governments be impacted this year with the changes in Congress and the FCC?
  • Update on PEG-related court cases and FCC proceedings
  • What Do Cities Need to Know about the $7 Billion FirstNet Nationwide Public Safety network?


9:15 – 9:30 Welcome and Introduction
9:30 – 11:30

Invited Legislative Panelists:
- Sen. Dan Sparks (Austin)
- Rep. Joe Atkins (Inver Grove Heights)
- Rep. Sheldon Johnson (Saint Paul)
- Shirley Walz – Governor’s Broadband Task Force
- Dennis Ahlers, Asst. Commissioner – Commerce Department’s Division of Energy Resources

11:30 – 12:00 Box lunches and networking, individual prep for lobbying visits
12:00 – 4:00 Meet with and interview your Legislators at the Capitol

Legislative Update & Practice Session

MACTA Lobbyists will review MACTA’s positions, provide talking points, and hand-out materials to share with legislators. After lunch, walk to the Capitol for meetings and/or on camera interviews with your legislators. MACTA lobbyists and legislative committee members are available to accompany you to your meeting(s) if desired.

Other Presenters:

- Mike Reardon, Moderator & MACTA President
- Jodie Miller , NATOA Board & MACTA Legislative Co-Chair
- Joe Bagnoli and Sarah Psick, MACTA Lobbyists

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Cancellation: Registration fee less a $10 administration charge can be refunded up to 72 hours prior to the seminar.  No refund for cancellation notice less than 72 hours.

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