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CentraCom Offering Local Scholarships For 2014Centracom anniversary

CentraCom Interactive is a telecommunications company, which provides Phone, Internet and Cable TV service to much of central, north and western Utah and for the past thirteen years has offered local scholarships to eligible high school seniors planning to attend college. In 2014 Centracom has again partnered with Snow College to offer six scholarships with an initial value of $500. If a recipient chooses to attend Snow College, the scholarship from CentraCom increases to $1000 with Snow College providing an additional $250. The scholarship may be used for college expenses such as tuition, books, housing and other college fees.

Centracom is committed to helping the students in their service areas achieve the goal of a college education. Centracom is happy to offer these scholarships as it is a great opportunity to serve the local community and get to know our future leaders.


CGEMC-donate-pic_REVCentral Georgia EMC Grant Awarded for Special Olympics

The Central Georgia EMC Foundation Board, which oversees the Operation Round Up (ORU) program for CGEMC, recently awarded the Henry County Parks and Recreation Department, a grant totaling $4,000 for the Special Olympics.

“This is a great example of a worthy organization within our community that can benefit from the Operation Round Up program,” says Lynne Tanner, CGEMC Foundation chairperson.   Operation Round Up is a community support program designed to raise funds to support worthwhile charitable and educational needs within the 14 counties served by Central Georgia EMC.


ritterRitter Communications Names New President

Alan Morse has been named president of Jonesboro, Ark.-based Ritter Communications.

“Ritter Communications is a progressive company, and I am honored to join this talented team of professionals,” Morse said in a statement. “I’m excited to be working with the employees, the board and the Ritter family to build on their strong foundation and lead in the development and execution of new initiatives for growth and expansion.”alan-morse-has-been-named-president-of-jonesboro-based-ritter-communications-600

Morse joins the company from Morse Consulting Group, a business planning and consulting firm, where he was principal. He was also CEO for iPCS Inc., a wireless provider affiliated with Sprint.

Ritter Communications serves 57 communities and more than 45,000 customers in northeast and north central Arkansas and West Tennessee.


GVTC_LogoGVTC Foundation Raises Near-Record Total for Charitable Giving

The GVTC Foundation will have access to a pool of nearly $243,000 that the organization will distribute to charitable groups throughout GVTC’s service territory in 2014. The GVTC Foundation’s activities are funded by GVTC employees through payroll contributions, individual donations and company matches.

This year, during the company’s annual pledge drive, GVTC employees pledged more than $70,000 in payroll contributions for 2014. The board of directors also committed more than $16,000 and another $10,500 were generated through individual donations. GVTC, in turn, matched the donations at 150 percent to bring the total of $242,750. Eighty-nine percent of employees participated, an all-time high for GVTC.

Smithson Valley-based GVTC is a full-service communications provider that offers high-speed Internet, digital cable television, phone and home security monitoring to residential and business customers.


JAB Broadband Earns a Top Spot On Colorado’s Internet Provider Listjab bb

Jab Broadband has earned a top spot on Bizjournal’s Colorado internet service providers of 2014. With 35,000 subscribers in the state of Colorado, JAB Broadband’s service is a fast growing internet service provider in the state and the region. JAB Broadband offers wireless broadband internet and digital telephone services to customers across the state in harder to reach areas. JAB Broadband  was recently awarded Wireless Internet Service Provider of the Year by WISPA for bringing highly reliable wireless internet technology to communities across America.


erfwhiteERF Wireless and Energy Broadband Continue Growth

ERF Wireless continued to expand its operations and gain market share in 2013 in all of its three major business sectors; (1) Delivery of broadband Internet and other services to the U. S. oil and gas industry; (2) Wireless broadband delivery to commercial and residential customers throughout the  ERF Wireless networks in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Oklahoma; (3) Enterprise level wireless networks for the Regional Banking Industry.

ERF Wireless CEO Dr. H. Dean Cubley stated, “The new year of 2014 has already started a flare with major activity in our oil and gas sector occurring 24/7 throughout the holidays and New Year’s Day being extremely busy for our field operations crews. We anticipate that with continued expansion of the U.S. oil and gas exploration and production in 2014 we will continue to maintain and grow this level of activity.


dftgray2DFT Communications Celebrates Grand Re-Opening of The Telecommunications MuseumDFT Communications

The Telecommunications Museum of Fredonia recently celebrated their grand re-opening and ribbon cutting at an official ceremony held in December. The event officially opened the new location of the Telecommunications Museum of Fredonia next door to the DFT Communications Corporate Offices. Members of DFT Communications are on the Museum’s Board of Directors. On display are artifacts showcasing the history of telecommunications in the Dunkirk and Fredonia area as well as the entire region.  Visitors will find interactive displays, large screen televisions with recorded history and tutorials, and an informational timeline. The timeline highlights special dates and events of the history of telecommunications and relates it to other events happening in the country/world during that same time period.


comsouth logoComSouth Celebrates 100 years of Service in Georgiacomsouth building cropped

ComSouth celebrated 100 years of service to Middle Georgia on November 30th at the Georgia National Fairground in Perry, Georgia. Mansfield Jennings, Chairman of the Board of ComSouth, accepted a proclamation from Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, read by ComSouth President and Chief Executive Officer Robert W. Krueger, congratulating ComSouth and the Jennings’ family on their 100 year anniversary. Jennings said, “ComSouth has come a long way since my grandfather William Abner (W. A.) Jennings founded Hawkinsville Telephone Company in 1913, and I could not be more proud that the company has remained in our family.”





GVTC Launches Scholarship Named After CEO

The GVTC Foundation has added a second scholarship to benefit local students pursuing higher education. The new $10,000 scholarship is named after GVTC’s president and CEO, Ritchie T. Sorrells, in recognition of his success in leading the company for the past 10 years. During his tenure, GVTC has doubled its gross retail revenues to more than $85 million and has introduced fiber-to-the-home technology in the majority of its service area.



demopolis catv collins comm logoCollins Communications Donates TV to Benefit Demopolis Police Department

Each year, the Demopolis Citizen’s Police Alumni Association raffles off items during Christmas on the River to raise money for the Demopolis Police Department. Collins communications contributed to the event this year by donating a 32 inch TV with DVD Player for the raffle.

The raffle raised $728 this year at $1 per ticket, and a check will be presented to Demopolis Police Chief Tommie Reese next week.


san bruno centennial picCity of San Bruno Kicks off Centennial Year Celebration

With the lightening of the Christmas tree at the Recreation Center, the City of San Bruno declared the celebration of its upcoming 100 year birthday has officially begun. Mayor Ruane advised that the City is planning a number of birthday events and last night was marked by two new events as part of the tree lightening:  A special sleigh with Santa was available for children’s pictures and it snowed in a small patch of the grass area courtesy of a snow making machine.

Saint Robert’s children’s choir preformed a number of Christmas carols and San Mateo Historical Society’s volunteers participated in the event decked out in their 1900s clothing.


 BCI Broadband to Bring Upgraded Digital Communications to Customers in Oklahomabci broadband

Local consumers could soon see a “transformational change” to their television and Internet service if a roll-out of new technology goes according to plan. BCI Broadband, which purchased Allegiance Communications in April, will begin transitioning customers today to its upgraded digital telecommunications system.

The company recently invested $100 million to build a 400-mile fiber optic ring around the state of Oklahoma. Work on the project began in April after the completion of Allegiance’s sale to BCI Broadband.

The Purchase, N.Y.-based company reaches more than 300,000 homes over eight states. These include Colorado, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming.


fibercast-logoNew Hampshire Based Fibercast to Take Over City of Springfield Cable Television

The City of Springfield, Florida unanimously agreed to sell the city-owned Springfield Cable Television for $33,000. New Hampshire-based FiberCast will take over the service.

Representatives of Fibercast said little will change for cable customers. Channel arrangements could vary, but customers should not expect a gap in service, according to FiberCast president Gent Cav.

FiberCast’s priority is to have Internet available to compete with Comcast, the city’s sole provider of the service, and Cav said customers mostly will see upgrades in service.


Midcontinent Expanding Into ND’s Largest Citymidcontinent

A South Dakota-based cable company is expanding into North Dakota’s largest city. Sioux Falls-based Midcontinent Communications will begin offering cable TV, broadband Internet and telephone services in Fargo next year, giving residents of that city a second cable company option.

Midcontinent’s expansion is to begin in the spring, pending city approval. Midcontinent has more than 300,000 customers in 335 communities in the Dakotas, Minnesota and Wisconsin.


shenLogoShentel Communications to Provide Internet Access to 10,000 Homes

An important ingredient for successful business and education — broadband Internet access — is reaching 10,000 McDowell County homes and businesses thanks to Shentel Communications.

Based in Edinburgh, Virginia, the 110 year old phone company focuses on small communities. Shentel has invested $10 million to extend high-speed broadband Internet access, said Shentel VP and recent recipient of the American Cable Association’s Grassroots Spirit Award, Chris Kyle.

“We really talk about broadband being a key part in the development of education and business,” Kyle said. “We feel it’s best delivered with cable.”

Tony Barlage, director of cable operations and sales for the western region of Shentel Cable Television, said the project’s construction phase is scheduled to be complete by the first quarter of 2014. The company recently upgraded the Internet for Wyoming County schools to 500-megabyte service.

“It’s very interesting to be able to provide that kind of service to schools that really don’t have access,” Barlage said.


Hawaiian Telcom Offering Free Phone Calls to Philippineshawaiian telcom logo

In response to the emergency situation in the Philippines touched off by Typhoon Haiyan, Hawaiian Telcom is now offering all of its residential home phone customers free phone calls to the Philippines through Nov. 30.

For customers with Hawaiian Telcom Long Distance service, calls placed to the Philippines going back to Friday , will not be charged. Home phone customers with Hawaiian Telcom International Long Distance plans who are making calls to the Philippines during the free calling period do not need to make any changes to their accounts in order to take advantage of this program.

While infrastructure challenges in the Philippines may prevent telephone calls from being connected, Hawaiian Telcom recommends using its high-speed Internet service to contact family and friends by way of email, or social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Hawaiian Telcom, president and CEO, Eric Yeaman, said: “Hawaii’s people have always had a strong connection to the Philippines — for many local residents, the Philippines was once home. In this time of crisis, we’d like to make it as easy as possible for our customers to contact family and friends in the Philippines who may have been impacted by these tragic events.”


Ritter Communications Thanked by Local Marine  for Support of Troopsritter marine cropped

Ritter Communications, headquartered in Jonesboro, Arkansas, has a big commitment to giving back to their community. They identify needs and support the community through charity events and fundraising opportunities.

In a recent ceremony, U.S. Marine Joseph Wright, 20, of Paragould, presented a flag and plaque to Karmen Matthews, who accepted it on behalf of the entire Ritter Communications staff. Wright thanked the employees for their generosity in sending items to his base in Afghanistan.

Ritter is known for encouraging their employees to donate time and effort towards bettering another life or organization and provides them with the time and tools necessary to make a difference.


TDSTDS Making Progress on Broadband Projects in Wisconsin and New Hampshire

TDS Telecommunications has completed a stimulus-funded project in Wisconsin and partially  completed a project in New Hampshire. The projects make high-speed Internet service accessible to more households and businesses.

The completed project in Wisconsin makes high-speed Internet service accessible to more than 500 households. TDS installed about eight and a half miles of fiber optics cabling throughout its Farmers Telephone Company exchange.

Partial completion of the project in New Hampshire provides some area households access to high-speed Internet service. The project, which is expected to wrap up by the end of the year, will provide about 800 area households with access to a high-speed Internet connection.

TDS is intent on providing as many remaining customers with broadband connectivity as possible. According to TDS, federal stimulus funds are helping to close the gap and deliver Internet connectivity to more than 20,000 customers.


Citizens Telephone Cooperative Celebrates 100th Anniversarycitizens telephone building

Citizens Telephone Cooperative’s 100th anniversary was celebrated at the company’s annual  meeting in October. Guests attending the event received limited edition gifts, including a custom, historical calendar of the company.

In his remarks, Greg Sapp, General Manager and CEO, told the audience that if the goal is for Citizens to have a 200th anniversary, “we must continue to innovate.” The Cooperative’s fiber project, completed in July, added 200 miles of high capacity fiber to the regional network and Sapp said that would help the Cooperative “be more sustainable over the long-term.”

“These are exciting times,” Sapp said, adding that the 100th year celebration would include other activities that would culminate at next year’s annual meeting.


Tombigbee Electric Company Moving Into Its New Facilities tombigbee new building

Tombigbee Electric Power Association  in Tupelo, Mississippi  will begin doing business out of its new headquarters facility on Monday, October 28, 2013.

“This has been more than a year-long project,” said General Manager William Long. “We’re excited about being able to move here. We can hardly wait.”

The company opened its new location Monday morning.


Centra-Com Scion, Spencer Cox Is New Utah Lt. Govspencercox1

Vice President for CentraCom, the family-owned rural Utah telecommunications company, Spencer Cox was the surprise pick of Governor Gary Herbert as the new Utah Lieutenant Governor.  Cox, 38, is the son of Wendover Cable and internet providers, Eddie and Lisa Cox of Fairview, Utah.

Elected to the Utah House of Representatives last year Cox has served as a Fairview City Councilman and mayor and also served one term as a San Pete County commissioner.

Governor Herbert said he was drawn to the 38-year-old Republican’s intellect, business experience, political record and rural roots.

It is his dad, Eddie Cox, who friends say infused Spencer with a civic sentiment, tireless work ethic and hometown pride. Eddie spent eight years on the Fairview City Council, a term as mayor and 10 years as a Sanpete County commissioner


MTC logo2MTC breaks ground on a Catskills rural broadband network

After years of planning, the first pieces of a network that will eventually span about 112 miles of fiberoptic cable are finally being built. The project was first conceived several years ago, when the Margaretville Telephone Company (MTC) applied for an $8 million federal grant under the 2009 stimulus bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which contained $7.2 billion in funding for the expansion of broadband networks in rural and underserved areas.

This March, MTC won a $1.8 million grant from the Connect NY program. The grant is being matched by $1.8 million from the company, and another $250,000 from the nonprofit Catskill Watershed Corporation.

To choose the areas to build out, MTC surveyed residents in the project area, with help from nonprofit partners the MARK Project and the Western Catskills Community Revitalization Council. The survey got about 800 responses, Faulkner said, which were plotted on a map to find hotspots of demand.

“We can look at the clusters and identify in what areas there are residents who truly want broadband,” said MTC manager Glen Faulkner.  ”That’s helping us prioritize our buildout areas, along with businesses and municipal entities.”


CableVision Music Concert Food Drive A Successbermuda cablevision

Bermuda CableVision hosted a Gospel Music concert to support its “Open Hands Loving Hearts” food drive on Sunday. The event was a great success collecting 24 barrels of non-perishable food for local Bermuda charities. The family-oriented event,which began with a health fair,took place at the National Stadium and received an overwhelming response from the approximate 1,000 attendees who came to celebrate Bermuda’s diverse array of gospel talent.

CableVision’s General Manager Terry Roberson explains, “We are overwhelmed by the endless support from the community for the ‘Open Hands Loving Hearts’ food drive. We are so inspired to see the love that the community shares and to have had the opportunity to celebrate together on Sunday. Bermuda is one island and we are one people.It is important that we look at the big picture and assist those who may need a helping hand. We want to thank all those who came out to celebrate and showed their support


catv-east-alabama1Cable TV of East Alabama in Phenix City pushing toward completion of system upgrade

Cable TV of East Alabama said it has completed portions of an upgrade to its system, an effort designed to improve picture quality and Internet service, while offering more high-definition channels.

The Phenix-City based company, which serves Russell County and portions of Lee County, said in a recent letter to its customers that it is now offering “faster” Internet download speeds of 15 megabits per second (mbps).

“We especially want you to know that we have been listening — we’ve heard your requests for faster Internet speeds and better services,” the company said in its letter. “For months, we’ve been working tirelessly behind the scenes to respond to those requests. We’ll eventually be able to offer speeds of up to 30 mbps upon completion of anticipated upgrades.”

Cable TV of East Alabama is a privately owned company launched by Russell County resident Roy Greene in 1965.


Westfield Gas & Electric Makes Donation to 104th Fighter Wingwestfield gas

The 104th Fighter Wing at Barnes Air National Guard Base received a large donation Tuesday morning. Officials from Westfield Gas and Electric presented the wing with a check for $19,857. The money was donated to the wing because of their involvement in the utility company’s retrofit program. The 104th has already completed a review on proposed insulation and lighting retrofit projects, which has achieved savings of $19,857.

“The more energy that the base saves, the more the City of Westfield saves,” says Sean Fitzgerald, Energy Specialist and Customer Account Representative from Westfield Gas & Electric.

Col. James Keefe, Commander of the 104th Fighter Wing, adds that “The base will continue to upgrade its electrical utilities in an effort to reduce energy consumption by 30% by the year 2015.”

“The Westfield G&E is truly an exceptional partner and we look forward to their continued support for many more years to come,” Keefe says.



first-mile-logo1FirstMile Technologies to Provide Voice Services over Indiana Telehealth Network

The same state-of-the-art fiber optic network currently being utilized for data services can now be used by Indiana Rural Health Association member organizations for their voice services. FirstMile will use its current interconnection with the Indiana Telehealth Network so all traffic will remain on the same fiber optic network. This will greatly increase reliability for health care providers across the state of Indiana.

FirstMile Technologies has provided high quality voice service to Indianapolis area businesses since 1999. The recent acquisition by Louisville, Kentucky-based Inside Connect Cable gives FirstMile the ability to better serve large organizations such as the Rural Health Association and its members.

Clay Manley, Inside Connect Cable Managing Partner commented, “The Telehealth network has proven to be a tremendous asset to rural hospitals across Indiana, and that is where Inside Connect and FirstMile have developed a real passion, whether in rural Kentucky by deploying fiber to the home, or in Indiana by serving members of the Indiana Rural Health Network. We offer our customers stability and consistency in their voice and data products, while continually striving to bring industry leading customer service and technology to areas that may have been traditionally overlooked.”


campus-televideo1Campus Televideo Providing EAS Messaging System Integrated Cable Television

Campus Televideo, a leading provider of custom cable TV, ResNet data and other telecommunications services to over 240 colleges and universities nationwide, and EAS software provider Mutare have successfully integrated their products to deliver emergency notifications through on-campus cable television Emergency Alert Systems (EAS) using FEMA adopted Common Alerting Protocol (CAP). Campus Televideo and Mutare successfully deployed this integrated solution in cooperation with St. Joseph’s University, located in Philadelphia, PA.

Safety administrator’s benefit from CAP Code integration by allowing them to enter a single message through one platform, and have it delivered across multiple devices, now including on-campus television systems. EAS messaging to televisions previously required accessing a separate platform, creating potential issues with delivery time and consistency.

“Our work with Mutare allows Campus Televideo to continue to roll out this critical public safety product to more campuses across the country,” said Jon Stewart, Sr. Director of Operations for Campus Televideo. “We also appreciate the cooperation of our customer, St. Joseph’s University, for working closely with us to successfully deploy this product and further enhance the safety of their students and staff.”


Central Georgia EMC makes donationsCentral Georgia EMC

Central Georgia Electric Membership Corp. board member Arthur White and President George Weaver on Oct. 15 presented the Butts County Chamber of Commerce, Butts County Industrial Development Authority, and Butts County Board of Education with checks totaling $10,500 to go toward education, community and economic development activities.

Central Georgia EMC, which is headquartered in Jackson, hand delivered 22 checks this month totaling $81,240 to area chambers of commerce, school boards and industrial development authorities throughout its service territory. Central Georgia is a consumer-owned cooperative providing electricity and related services to over 50,000 billed meters in 14 counties.


TDSBaja Broadband Acquired by TDS Telecom

TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS Telecom), subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. [NYSE: TDS], announces the final purchase of substantially all of the assets of Baja Broadband, LLC (Baja), a cable company headquartered in Alamogordo, New Mexico, for a purchase price of $267.5 million. The purchase was finalized on Aug. 1 and includes offices and services located in Mesquite.

TDS Telecom will manage the operations of Baja Broadband. In preparation for the announcement, TDS Telecom executives and staff members visited each Baja site on Thursday to welcome employees to the TDS family.

“Spirits are high and we are feeling confident the transition will be successful,” states Mark Barber, vice president of Cable Operations for TDS Telecom. “The transition team has been working around the clock to prepare both organizations for the change. Our goal is to make no impact on customer operations and to support Baja employees, as well as TDS employees, as they work together to meet the needs of customers today and to expand services in the future.”


ERF Wireless makes strategic partnership with Assisted Energy for multi-state contractERF wireless night

The operator of the nation’s largest terrestrial wireless broadband network servicing the domestic oil and gas sector, has formed a new strategic partnership with Assisted Energy to provide reseller services in the Eagle Ford Shale play in South Texas. The agreement specifically names ERF Wireless Inc. as the exclusive reseller of lighting and surveillance equipment in the South Texas market as well as the entire states of Oklahoma and Louisiana.

“We are pleased to be working with the Assisted Energy team. This strategic partnership allows our Energy Broadband Inc. subsidiary to take advantage of economies of scale by providing more services from our vast terrestrial network,” said Tim Maxson, COO of ERF Wireless.

Activity in the Shale regions continues apace and is one of the key parts of growth right now in the US economy.


mankata telephoneMankato telephone firm HickoryTech changing name to Enventis

HickoryTech, the Mankato telephone company with operations throughout Minnesota, said Monday that it will change its name to Enventis, the brand name it already uses outside of its original telephone territory.

Once a small-town telephone company, HickoryTech over the past two decades has expanded to become a statewide provider of business telephone and Internet services over a fiber-optic network.

The company was founded in 1898 as the Mankato Citizens Telephone Co., and took the name HickoryTech in 1985. In 1998, HickoryTech expanded to other parts of the state, and in 2005 it acquired Enventis Telecom of Duluth, which provided it with an entry to the Twin Cities business telecom market.


Liberty Global Expands Horizon TV to Germanyliberty global logo

Liberty Global’s German subsidiary, Unitymedia, has launched Horizon, the company’s IP-capable video platform. Liberty Global is using its next-gen Horizon platform to attract new customers. It reported having 270,000 subs on Horizon in the Netherlands and Switzerland as of the end of July. Liberty Global, which has 21.9 million video customers, launched Horizon in Ireland last month. Liberty Global is also developing a cloud-based version of its Horizon UI.




Zito Media Continues to Improve Internet and Video Services

COUDERSPORT, PA—Zito Media continues to improve the high-speed Internet and video service products for their Missouri customers. Zito Media acquired systems from Windjammer Communications and went right to work in finding ways to improve the product offerings. Within the first month, Zito Media increased the Internet circuit capacity feeding the markets so that the download speed on the standard tier was raised from 1.5-5mbps to 10mbps.

In the first quarter of 2013, a new DOCIS 3.0 CMTS was installed which allowed Zito Media to launch new speeds tiers with download speeds of up to 20mbps and 50mbps. These are the fastest download speeds offered in the market.


greenberg brazoriaCharlie Greenberg Named President of Brazoria Telephone/Coastal Link Communications

The Brazoria Telephone Company and Coastal Link Communications board of directors named Charles H. Greenberg as president at its Aug. 17 meeting. Charlie is a fourth-generation leader of the Brazoria Telephone (BTel) family of companies. In this new role, Charlie will oversee the daily operations and implementation of the strategic vision of the board of directors.



Broadband Communities Magazine has named GVTC a Top 100 Fiber to the Home Company

The publication cited GVTC’s $35 million fiber-network expansion project, which will make fiber-to-the-home available to more than 20,000 rooftops. The magazine also noted GVTC’s fiber expansion into Blanco and Gonzales.

Smithson Valley, Texas-based GVTC provides high-speed Internet, digital cable TV, phone and home-security monitoring.



Faster Internet Service Comes to Mountain Village town-of-mt-village-1

The town of Mountain Village has just completed a $72,000 infrastructure upgrade, which will speed up the town’s Internet connectivity significantly.

In Mountain Village, the town owns its own Internet connectivity infrastructure, so residents buy access to the web through the town. As the demand for data has increased with more residents and businesses relying on the Internet, the town has implemented the upgrades. The upgrade was complete by Monday and residents and businesses could see a speed increase of about 33 percent.

Additionally, the town also installed new dedicated fiber lines, which offer increased bandwidth capacity for four of the region’s larger lodgers — Hotel Madeline, The Peaks Resort & Spa, Mountain Lodge Telluride and the Inn at Lost Creek. The fiber line upgrade allows the town to offer hotels speeds that are 2.5 times faster than previously available.


ritter donates buiildingRitter Communications  Donates Building to Healing in the Hood

Ritter Communications presented the deed to its old office building at 121 S. Second Street in Blytheville to Healing in the Hood founder and Executive Director Sandy “Bebe” Gillespie Tuesday afternoon

“As a company, we believe in investing in the communities we serve,” said Ritter Executive Vice President Ritter Arnold. “Healing in the Hood has the support of many in Blytheville, including us, and we hope that by handing Bebe the keys to this building we’re helping his organization achieve its mission.”

“We’re proud to join the growing contingent of people supporting Healing in the Hood,” said Harold Kinnel, Ritter’s manager of plant operations, training and safety. “This brick-and-mortar addition literally builds on an already successful organization with a proven record of changing lives through positive actions.”


Central Georgia EMC Hosts 76th Annual MeetingCentral Ga Emcannual mtg

Central Georgia Electric Membership Corp. welcomed more than 600 members to its 76th annual meeting in August.

The company, which serves 14 counties across the region, was reported to be in solid financial standing by certified public accountant Randy Nichols.  Additionally, members re-elected board of directors members Warren E. Holder representing Henry, Clayton and Fayette counties, Linda H. Jordan representing At-Large (Post No. 1), and J. Everett Williams representing Morgan, Putnam, Jasper, Jones and Newton counties.

However, the meeting wasn’t all business. Despite the heat and humidity, it was a party-like atmosphere, too. Members were treated to grilled hot dogs and ice cream sandwiches as well as yellow buckets filled with goodies, which included energy-efficient light bulbs, tool kits and recipe books. One item that came in handy was the EMC fan included in the buckets. While calling for votes, instead of asking for a show of hands, voters were asked to raise their fans.



cable tv of east alabamaCable TV of East Alabama in Phenix City Pushing Toward Completion of System Upgrade

Cable TV of East Alabama said it has completed portions of an upgrade to its system, an effort designed to improve picture quality and Internet service, while offering more high-definition channels. The Phenix-City based company, which serves Russell County and portions of Lee County, said in a recent letter to its customers that it is now offering “faster” Internet download speeds of 15 megabits per second (mbps).

“We’ll eventually be able to offer speeds of up to 30 mbps upon completion of anticipated upgrades,” the company said in the letter, though it did not give a clear timeline for when that will be finished.


TouchTunes Names Jim Wilson, Former Atari CEO, Chief Operating Officer 


Digital jukebox giant TouchTunes Interactive Networks has named Jim Wilson chief operating officer. Wilson, who will provide general management for the 15-year old high-tech music company, will be headquartered in New York and report to chief executive Charles Goldstuck. He succeeds Steve Brecher, who exited the company in April.

Wilson comes to TouchTunes from Atari, where he was chief executive. Prior to Atari, he had held several senior posts at other interactive entertainment concerns. He was executive-vice president and general manager of Sony’s home entertainment business, and president of Universal Interactive, where he built a games company and movie studio-based business model. When Vivendi acquired Universal Interactive, Wilson served as an executive vice-president and GM of Worldwide Studios at Vivendi Universal Games.

The first TouchTunes pay-per-play jukebox went live in 1998. Today, the company’s music is available in 60,000 bars and restaurants in North America, and is second only to iTunes in volume of paid music downloads.



Caribbean Cable & Telecommunications Assoc. Gives $1,000 to Local Charities Thanks to Cable and Telecommunications Providers Nominations


July 18, 2013  – Through the generosity of the Caribbean Cable and Telecommunications Association (CCTA) and the efforts of cable and telecommunications providers,  fourteen charities are the recipients of a $1,000 grant from the association’s 2012 and 2013 Community Charities Program.  Organizations were nominated for the grants by following cable and telecommunications operators: Bermuda CableVision; BVI Cable TV; Choice Cable TV of Puerto Rico; Innovative Cable TV St. Croix; Innovative Cable TV St. Thomas-St. John; Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico; OneLink Communications of Puerto Rico; St. Lucia Cablevision (LIME); St. Maarten Cable TV; SETAR of Aruba; The Cable of St. Kitts; T.V. Distribution Systems of Curacao; WestStar TV Limited of the Cayman Islands; and Wireless Telecommunication Network of St. Maarten.

Formed in 1983, the Caribbean Cable and Telecommunications Association represents cable and telecommunications providers throughout the Caribbean, and the programmers, software and hardware suppliers that support their operations.



beehive-broadband_1Beehive Broadband Joins UTOPIA Providers

Jul 19, 2013 LAYTON – Beehive Broadband is the latest service provider to join hands with UTOPIA, the fiber-optic broadband network owned by a coalition of cities, including Centerville and Layton.  Beehive Broadband is an affiliate of the 50-year-old Beehive Telephone company.

Beehive is the only service provider with UTOPIA that is “totally vertically integrated on all products,” according to a statement from Beehive Broadband CEO Chuck McCown. Offerings include digital voice telephone service, Captivision HDTV high-definition television service and Internet.



energy broadbandEnergy Broadband Enhances Multi-Year Revenue Stream by Securing Major New Fixed-Site Customer Contracts in Eagle Ford Shale

 July 16, 2013 - ERF Wireless Inc. announced today that the company’s subsidiary Energy Broadband has, over the past two quarters, entered into a significant number of multi-year fixed-site contracts with oil and gas related customers that are expected to generate almost one million dollars of revenue in their first year and range from two to five years in duration. These contracts are for fixed-site wireless broadband data services over the Energy Broadband wireless network in the Eagle Ford Shale, as well as associated engineering services during their installation. Wireless services that are being provided include data transport for hundreds of production well site collection points, commercial field offices and storage sites located throughout the Eagle Ford Shale region of South Texas.


Bay Country Communications Honored During 50th Annual National Small Business Week

bay-country_1WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week marked the 50th annual National Small Business week – a time to celebrate the contributions of small business to the American economy. To recognize the efforts of small businesses. Maryland’s Congressman Harris presented  Entrepreneurial Certificates to businesses that are making positive contributions to their community.

“Every day we should be celebrating the dreamers and doers who make the American economy strong,” said Harris. “This week, especially, we recognize the contributions small businesses make to this country. We must champion their hard work, dedication, and sacrifice because these entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of our economy.


GVTC Foundation Raises Record $110K During Golf Classicgvtc golf

SMITHSON VALLEY — The primary fundraiser for The GVTC Foundation delivered a record-setting score.

The 2013 GVTC Charitable Golf Classic raised $110,344, which topped last year’s amount by more than $1,000. The Foundation will use the funds to support nonprofit agencies throughout GVTC’s service area.

Food pantries, emergency services, youth crisis care and education are just some of the causes the Foundation supports. In January, the Foundation surpassed more than $1 million in giving since it was formed in 2006.

The Golf Classic was May 6 at The Resort at Tapatio Springs. More than 140 golfers participated. The tournament is organized by GVTC employee volunteers.



GVTC Named in San Antonio Business Journal Best Places to Work 2013

gvtc-best-place-to-workThe San Antonio Business Journal recognized GVTC Communications as being one of the best places to work in San Antonio for 2013. This is the company’s 3rd year receiving this honor as they joined 51 other businesses (out of more than 200) in the area that were selected. The company’s CEO, Ritchie Sorrells (pictured center), accepted the award on behalf of the company at an awards luncheon held on June 13.





Star Telephone Recognized by Chamber of Commerce


Clinton Sampson Chamber of Commerce has named Star Telephone Membership Corporation as its Member of the Week. Located in Clinton, North Carolina, Star Telephone is a local provider of voice, video, and data services and a member-owned cooperative since 1959.

Congratulations to Star Telephone!





Ritter Communications Invited to Testify at Senate Communications Subcommittee Hearing on Rural Communications

ritter croppedThe Senate Communications Subcommittee has announced the witness list for a hearing on rural communications and the “challenges facing companies serving rural consumers” and the list include smaller cable operators and telecom providers intimately familiar with the issue.

Scheduled to testify are Steven Davis from CenturyLink, John Strode of Ritter Communications, Patricia Jo Boyers of BOYCOM Cablevision Inc., and Leroy Carlson Jr. of Telephone & Data Systems.

The hearing is scheduled for April 9th in Washington, DC.

Read more.


GVTC Communications Launches Company’s First Wi-Fi Hot Spot

JB Wells Park gets GVTC Hot Spot

JB Wells Park gets GVTC Hot Spot

GVTC has launched the company’s first ever Wi-Fi hotspot and it is located at JB Wells Park in Gonzales. The 169-acre facility has a covered pavilion, a multi-purpose show barn, a covered arena, practice arena and more than 390 RV hook-ups. What it didn’t have was a hotspot for campers and park guests to log onto the Internet.

The Texas Youth Rodeo Association recently held an event at JB Wells and more than 125 people took advantage of the free Wi-Fi offer.

“The response from our first weekend of Wi-Fi shows there’s demand for this type of service in rural locations,” GVTC CEO Ritchie Sorrells said. “We’re excited to work with the city of Gonzales to provide access to GVTC’s fiber network via Wi-Fi, and the future opportunities it represents.”


Zito Media Gets New Headquarters


Zito Media, part of the former Adelphia Communications Empire, has signed a 15-year lease to serve as an anchor tenant in the Adelphia Operations Building, known locally as the “Taj Mahal”.

The nearly 80,000 square foot structure located on Main Street in downtown Coudersport, Pennsylvania has been a constant reminder to residents of days gone by. The beautiful four-story building with marble columns, bronze accents and towering reflective Palladian windows  has been sitting idle for a decade but now with a new tenant there’s hope that it will bring new life back to the downtown area.


Central Georgia EMC Provides Grant to Purchase Pediatric Crib for Sylvan Grove Hospital

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On Thursday, Jan. 24, the Sylvan Grove Hospital Auxiliary presented a new Stryker pediatric crib to the ER at the Jackson hospital that was purchased with grants provided in part by Central Georgia Electric Membership Corp.

“One of the big needs that the hospital had in the emergency room was a crib and the $6,000 crib that can open on all sides can be rolled directly into the X-ray room.

“Central Georgia EMC provided a $3,000 grant through its Operation Round Up program”, said Communications Specialist Rodney Christopher. “Members who elect to round up their monthly power bills contribute to the program”.

Congressman, Lamar Smith, (center), poses with the GVTC executive team. Blanco Mayor Chuck Homan and GVTC chairman Chuck Knibbe are pictured to the right of the congressman. GVTC CEO Ritchie Sorrells is pictured left.

Congressman, Lamar Smith, (center), poses with the GVTC executive team. Blanco Mayor Chuck Homan and GVTC chairman Chuck Knibbe are pictured to the right of the congressman. GVTC CEO Ritchie Sorrells is pictured left.

 GVTC Gets Visit from Congressman

January 16, 2013  - Congressman Lamar Smith visited GVTC headquarters on Monday. He met with CEO Ritchie Sorrells, GVTC Chairman Chuck Knibbe, the GVTC executive team, and Blanco Mayor Chuck Homan.

Congressman Smith complimented the communications company for making its auditorium available to nonprofit organizations at no charge as he learned more about GVTC’s operations and position in the community.

The group also discussed issues taking place in the nation’s capital and how that might affect the co-op’s industry and the economy.


ERF Wireless Continues to Expand Its High-Speed Terrestrial Networkserf wireless  logo

LEAGUE CITY, TX–(Marketwire – Jan 16, 2013) – ERF Wireless, Inc. (OTCBB: ERFB), a leading provider of enterprise-class wireless and broadband products and services, announced today that the company has completed building its previously announced high-speed wireless broadband network in the Eagle Ford Shale region of South Texas.

According to Dr. H. Dean Cubley, CEO of ERF Wireless, “The completion of our recent network build-outs has added approximately 22,000 square miles of new terrestrial wireless coverage in North America for ERF Wireless. The expanded coverage will provide an opportunity for these new networks to generate multiple revenue streams from a new pool of banking, healthcare, educational, commercial and residential customers.”


Monster Broadband Acquires Wireless Provider DotSpot/

Monster Broadband announced the purchase DotSpot/ Internet services effective January 1, 2013. The acquisition will help the company continue to expand its network in Pulaski, Lawrenceburg, Loretto and now Leoma. Monster Broadband owns and operates fixed wireless broadband networks throughout Middle Tennessee, where it provides high-speed fixed wireless internet services, Voice over IP and Satellite TV.


City of Chillicothe Has a White Christmas  Blustery-Morning (3)

Chillicothe received just under an inch of snow on Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, covering Chillicothe in a blanket of white. The rain/snow mix, along with blustery winds, caused school to be cancelled both Thursday and Friday, giving students an early start to their Christmas break.


GVTC  Sponsors Sports Complex

GVTC, a Texas-based provider of telecommunications services, has signed a long term agreement with World Wide Soccer L.L.C. to place its name on a local sports complex. The six year contract allows GVTC to place its signage at the field entrance and throughout the complex. The GVTC name will also be displayed on the World Wide soccer website promoting games, seasonal camps, training programs and other activities to he held at the new complex. Read more.


HTC Technician Gets Up-close Look at Wildfire Aftermath

There was a wildfire recently in the service area of our Affiliate, a provider of telephone and broadband services across Michigan’s upper peninsula. A service technician for Hiawatha Telephone Company (HTC) got special clearance to survey the damage to their network from the fire and was able to take some photos. Read more.



ERF Wireless Reports a Revenue Increase in Q1 Results

Texas based ERF Wireless reported strong revenue growth for the first quarter of 2012.  Bolstered by the company’s Energy Broadband subsidiary, which services the oil and gas sector, ERF saw a 46% increase in consolidated revenue compared to the same period last year.  Read more.


Star Telephone Loses a Longtime Employee

We’re saddened to hear that Benjamin (Zach) Bennett, a headend technician at our customer Star Telephone, passed away Monday, May 7, 2012 at the age of 64. A lifelong resident of Livonia, LA, he is survived by Hugh Riley, nieces, nephews, as well as other friends and relatives. He will be missed by those at ZCorum that had the pleasure to work with him.