Membership Information

Dear MI NATOA Member or Prospective Member:

The mission of the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Telecommunication Officers and Advisors (MI NATOA) is to support and serve the communications interests and needs of Michigan local governments. It is a professional association made up of individuals and organizations responsible for, or advising those responsible for, communications policies and services.

MI NATOA Executive Board Members are:

  • working hard to build and maintain the membership base including building connections on social media
  • maintaining an easier way for members to stay engaged through the chapter website
  • keeping members abreast of changes in technology, PEG legislation and potential threats

MI NATOA continually monitors issues surrounding DAS and small cells in the rights of way and how that may or may not impact METRO act permits and PA 480.

MI NATOA is working with you and state-wide municipal organizations to educate your community and others regarding the serious threats to revenue, and therefore your PEG facilities and services, posed by FCC rulings, legislation, and trends in viewership.

With a MI NATOA membership, you receive important Michigan legislative information and Michigan Uniform Video Service and compliance information that could affect your municipality’s rights of way and video service agreements. Your membership provides opportunities for professional networking to help strengthen Michigan legislation for community channels and municipal funding.

Please contribute to the Public Education Campaign to preserve these valuable resources.  Working together, we can be better prepared in the effort to secure the future.


Deborah Guthrie

Chapter President, Michigan NATOA


Deborah Guthrie, Meridian Township • President, 517.853.4380

Mike DiFazio, City of Livonia • Vice President, 734.466.2543

Dave Albery, West Bloomfield • Treasurer, 248.682.6532

Tom Norton, Wyoming • Secretary, 616.261.5700

Elaine McLain, Birmingham • At Large, 248.336.9445

Top Ten Reasons to Join or Renew Your Membership in Michigan NATOA

  1. It’s the best way to network to solve problems and understand challenges facing PEG (Public, Education and Government) access operations.
  2. The website, Email Group (Listserv), and membership list give you instant access to information and direct help from others in your field.
  3. Take advantage of professional development opportunities at regular meetings or networking lunches throughout the year.
  4. Stay in touch with other cities and townships that have franchises with your cable operator.
  5. Be part of a proactive initiative to protect our PEG channels and franchise fees. Michigan NATOA has spearheaded a Public Education Campaign and has also participated in legal assistance to member communities and legislative initiatives.
  6. Meet the MI-NATOA members from the professions we need to protect our interests, such as lawyers, CPAs and lobbyists.
  7. Get the member rate to attend the annual MAB (Michigan Association of Broadcasters) Great Lakes Broadcast Conference, which offers workshops, demos and a trade show.
  8. Annual dues have remained the same for more than a decade
  9. Be represented in Lansing and Washington, D.C., on PEG and franchise matters.
  10. Be part of national NATOA and all the resources it has to offer.

Stay in the loop. Join MI-NATOA today!