Since 1999, MVTV Wireless Internet has focused on communities within SW Minnesota and their need for better broadband internet service options. As a member-owned cooperative, we’ve successfully brought faster, more reliable and affordable broadband where it had never been before. THANK YOU to the Blandin Foundation for your help in sharing our story!
As reported by Ann Treacy, in her Sept 19th Blandin on Broadband post ~ MVTV Wireless helps out Frontier customer after PUC meeting…
by Ann Treacy
I heard from a lot of people after I posted about the PUC-Frontier meetings last week. Systemically, people in rural areas are frustrated by lack of choice and competition in broadband providers.
I did hear one happy ending story from MVTV Wireless, a provider that offers another option in some areas. Julie Foote, at MVTV, had reached out to someone who gave public comments at the meeting and was able to get them a better connection. I wanted to share the story – especially if it helps connect someone else to the broadband they need. Here is the Q&A on it…
How did Joe connect with you? I reached out to Joe after reading the Blandin Blog. I was able to track him down thru work (googled him and found his LinkedIn account). Joe was surprised by how much attention the article was getting, and seemed to be glad that it was making a positive impact. Joe had never heard of MVTV Wireless Internet but was willing to give us a try. He agreed to allow our tech to check his location for Line Of Sight (LOS).
How were you able to help? Signal was available from our Worthington Access Point (AP), our tech installed the radio and Joe’s family now has 25Mbps!
As a member-owned not-for-profit Cooperative, if we had not been able to find LOS to Joe’s home, we would have tracked it as a ‘miss’ and continued to work on a solution if possible. …cause that’s what coops do. We focus on member needs.
This is how MVTV determines where we need to build/expand to next. Each new community is served due to an expressed need for alternative broadband internet choices. This practice enables us to go where we are needed and not waste resources on areas already being served sufficiently.
What speeds and prices are available? MVTV Wireless Internet provides unlimited fixed wireless broadband internet service at speeds ranging from 5Mbps to 25Mpbs. If a business were to need more speed, our Business Sales Team would work with them to find the appropriate technology for their bandwidth needs and mission critical tech support. For a list of plans, go to https://www.mvtvwireless.com/our-products/wireless-internet/ or call our office in Granite Falls at 320-564-4807. The prices listed are exactly what you pay. …no hidden fees. And we do not have contracts.
And how would someone know if you were available in their area? MVTV serves SW MN and a map of our footprint can be found here: https://www.mvtvwireless.com/our-products/wireless-internet/coverage-maps/
And/or on a more macro level – are you interested in talking to new service areas? ABSOLUTELY! Since our $1.85M middle mile network upgrade (which was completed last summer), we are now able to offer faster speeds and reach more areas. Since then, we’ve been actively back-filling areas we had not been able to serve in the past. In just one year, we’ve delivered service to dozens of new communities throughout our footprint. Residents and businesses should check back with us if they had tried us in the past. We’ll be happy to send a tech for a recheck at no charge.
We are proud to serve our rural communities and look forward to serving you too! Give us a call today, 320-564-4807.
‘Connecting Rural Minnesota’
MVTV Wireless Internet is proud to announce the expansion of our broadband internet service into the city of Avoca! This new Access Point enables us to now reach in-town Avoca, north of Fulda, south of Slayton and east of Iona. Sign up TODAY!
Get to know Avoca, MN:
Located on busy State Highway 59, in Murray County, Avoca sits on the south bank of Lime Lake. The Lime Lake Campground is a perfect location for launching your boat for an afternoon or camping the entire weekend.
This sleepy little community has experienced a population burst in recent years. As the north shore of Lime Lake continues to be developed, both permanent and seasonal homes now overlook what use to be a secret fishing hole.
Meadowland Farmers Co-op is the host of our new access point and has been a wonderful partner in several SW MN communities.
Meadowland Farmers Coop, Avoca
The Avoca Liquor Store is a popular motorcycle stop on warm summer nights and a haven for ice fishermen.
The Farmers Insurance Agency has been serving this agricultural town since 1980.
According to the Avoca Historical listing:
AVOCA, a city in sections 27, 28, 33, and 34 of Lime Lake Township, was named in 1879 by Archbishop John Ireland, who founded near it a Catholic colony of immigrant farmers. The name is taken from a river in County Wicklow, Ireland, about 40 miles south of Dublin, noted for the picturesque beauty of its valley, called Sweet Vale of Avoca in a poem by Thomas Moore. From the fame given by the poet’s praise, this name also has been chosen for villages in 13 other states of the Union.
We look forward to service the town of Avoca for many years to come!
‘Connecting Rural Minnesota’
Take advantage of the beautiful weather this Friday by exploring your local State Parks and Recreation Areas… for FREE! What a great way to work off those extra lbs from Thanksgiving!!
Entrance fees to all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas will be waived on Friday, November 24, 2017
ST. PAUL, MN – Lt. Governor Tina Smith today announced “Free Park Friday” in Minnesota highlighting that entrance fees to all Minnesota state parks and recreation areas will be waived on Friday, November 24, 2017. Lt. Governor Smith encourages all Minnesotans to enjoy the outdoors with family and friends on the day after Thanksgiving.
“I wish everyone in Minnesota a peaceful, warm Thanksgiving on Thursday. And on Friday after Thanksgiving, I can’t think of anything better than visiting one of Minnesota’s spectacular State Parks, with free admission,” said Lt. Governor Tina Smith. “I hope to visit Judge Magney State Park on the North Shore this Friday, but no matter where you are in Minnesota there is probably a State Park within 30 miles.”
Research shows that spending time outdoors benefits children and adults, including improving mood, enhancing creative thinking and problem solving, promoting a conservation ethic, and improving physical fitness. On Thanksgiving Day, the average American consumes around 4,500 calories. A brisk walk can burn about 300 calories in one hour.
“Free Park Friday is a great way to visit a park new to you and extend your family holiday a day further,” said Erika Rivers, director of Minnesota State Parks and Trails. “We hope families who visit on Free Park Friday will return throughout the winter season to hike, snowshoe and participate in naturalist-led programs. The benefits of spending more time outdoors are well documented.”
Visitors and families who visit parks throughout the winter season can participate in hundreds of naturalist-led state park programs, or they can bird watch and search for other wildlife. A few parks will offer special programs on Free Park Friday. Examples include:
· Fire Starting – Learn how to start a fire without matches or a lighter from 12pm to 2pm at Tettegouche State Park on Minnesota’s North Shore. Meet at the park’s fireplace plaza behind the Visitor Center.
· Beavers in Winter – Find out how beavers survive and thrive in cold weather from 10am to 11:3am at Whitewater State Park near Winona. Meet at the visitor center for a brief introduction, then take a hike to look for signs of beaver.
· Family Turkey Trek – Take a naturalist led one-mile hike to the upper cliff line of the quarry in search of a wild turkey or signs of wild turkey from 3pm to 4 pm at Blue Mounds State Park in Luverne.
Before you graduate to all of that, check out a state park or recreation area on Friday. Get directions and find recommended hikes online at the Free Park Friday page. Drive in at no cost and leave hours later with a wealth of fond memories.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Weekend!
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‘Connecting Rural Minnesota’
It’s just about time to check out our local shops for Small Business Saturday and get going on your holiday list. Are you ready to find some of the best deals right in your own community? Log on to your community Facebook page, check the local newspaper and listen to the radio for Small Business Saturday specials.
This holiday season, 65 percent of consumers plan to complete up to 75 percent of their holiday shopping in-store at a local small business, according to new research from digital marketing solutions firm G/O Digital. Only 1 percent of respondents said they would be not be completing any of their holiday shopping at local small businesses. Business News Daily
Look at how social minded holiday shopping can make a positive impact on our communities. This year let’s give gifts to our friends and loved ones that are socially responsible by considering where the gift comes from. Making a conscious decision to support our small businesses, you can help to preserve local culture while also making a difference in the economy.
Since 2010, consumers with conscience, flair and an eye for great deals have swarmed their local small shops on the Saturday after Thanksgiving in support of Small Business Saturday. More a burgeoning movement than a one-day event, Small Business Saturday will take place nationwide this year on November 29. The concept, originally launched by American Express and recognized by the U.S. Senate, has helped change the landscape of big-city neighborhoods and small town U.S.A. If you’re not participating yet, this is why you should.
REASONS TO SHOP SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
Why shop at a locally owned business first? The following reasons show how more money spent at local businesses is reinvested in your community creating diversity and helping the community maintain or create its unique appeal.
- Shopping local creates jobs.
– Shops in our communities create local employment and self-employment.
– People fall out of the habit of shopping locally and are then surprised by the range of products and gifts available.
- Shopping local retains our communities.
– People don’t like losing shops and services in small towns but don’t equate this to how they spend their money.
- Local shops are for everyone.
– Most people can get to their local shops easily and this is especially important for the elderly and young generations and those without transportation.
- Local shops value you more.
– People receive better customer care and service locally. These businesses survive by their reputation and repeat business.
- Shopping local saves services.
– Private and public sector services tend to cluster around shops. As shops disappear so do hairdressers, banks, restaurants, etc.
Stop by your local stores November 25th and shop till you drop on Small Business Saturday.
‘Connecting Rural Minnesota’