On behalf of MVTV Wireless we would like to wish all of the mothers a very Happy Mother’s Day!!!
‘Connecting Rural Minnesota’
‘Connecting Rural Minnesota’
MVTV Wireless has been bringing highspeed broadband internet access to the unserved and underserved areas of rural Minnesota since 1996. Much like electricity and telephone, internet service has become a necessity. This is why MVTV commits to continued expansion of our coverage footprint. The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Developments (DEED) grant award will serve an important part in that mission!
We give special thanks to the Governor Dayton’s Border-To-Border Development Grant Program Committee, for recognizing the value of our request and supporting our initiative to achieve ubiquitous broadband internet service for all Minnesotans.
This broadband funding was awarded under DEED’s Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program, which Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law in May 2014. This year, DEED received 44 applications for funding, totaling more than $29 million in requests. Recipients were selected based on an internal review and scoring process.
Among those receiving grants was MVTV Wireless Middle Mile, Southwestern Minnesota, $808,080.
The MVTV project will improve services to 6,000 households and businesses that are MVTV customers in 20 southwestern Minnesota counties, with leverage possibilities for another 29,000 customers. The counties are Blue Earth, Chippewa, Cottonwood, Jackson, Kandiyohi, Lac Qui Parle, Lincoln, Lyon, Meeker, Murray, Nicollet, Nobles, Pipestone, Rock, Redwood, Renville, Sibley, Swift, Watonwan and Yellow Medicine. Total project costs are $1.85 million. MVTV will cover the remaining $1.04 million (56 percent local match).
As Windom News’ Rick Frederickson stated ~
I’ve always said that broadband service is critical to rural Minnesota’s economy. I compare it to when REA brought rural electric service to the area almost a century ago. If rural areas are to compete economically with urban areas, broadband is a must.
It is also critical to many other services, such as education, health care and emergency services.
From MVTV Wireless ~
“We’re thrilled about this,” said Dan Richter, President of the nonprofit MVTV and a member of Gov. Mark Dayton’s task force on broadband access.
For a complete list of recipients, visit the Broadband Grant Recipient List
The show of support from our local Reprensentatives and Senators is greatly appreciated. We couldn’t have done it without them!
“Minnesota had $11 million available for broadband grants statewide, and our Minnesota House district is going to receive more than half of that amount,” Miller said. “I congratulate the Federated and MVTV Wireless representatives and the local officials who worked hard and made a strong and compelling case for this funding.”
State Representative Tim Miller (R-Prinsburg) said western Minnesota was the big winner in Minnesota’s recent broadband grant selection process.
We would also like to thank The Blandin Foundation for all their efforts to promote broadband adoption and digital inclusion. The #MNBroadband Conference, held in Minneapolis this past week, focused on our ultimate goal… ‘Everyone in Minnesota will be able to use convenient, affordable world-class broadband networks that enable us to survive and thrive in our communities and across the globe.’
For examples of ongoing projects and area success stories, visit ‘Moving Your Community Up The Tech Adoption Ladder’.
For local and state wide coverage, visit:
For more information about MVTV Wireless, visit http://www.mvtvwireless.com/ or call 320.564.4807
‘Connecting Rural Minnesota’
THANK YOU to the Marshall Independent for your commitment to covering rural Minnesota’s strengths and opportunities.
As reported by Jenny Kirk, Marshall Independent, on Dec 1st 2014:
GRANITE FALLS – Are you sick of fluctuating cable or satellite television rates that seem to continually be going up and up? If so, MVTV Wireless TV and Broadband Internet Provider could be the solution for you.
MVTV has been providing television services to rural Minnesotans since 1960 and wireless Internet services since 1999. Recently, the nonprofit, member-owned business has launched new digital television services.
According to President Dan Richter, MVTV embarked on a new TV improvement project, beginning in 2011. The first step involved upgrading the old analog UHF system to a new digital UHF system. After completing the process, MVTV was then able to broadcast several channels in high definition (HD). Throughout the process, MVTV has been working on adding more programming, along with value-added features such as DVR recording.
This past January, MVTV started the final stages of its TV transformation and released two new TV programming options this spring.
“It’s about a $1.4 million project that has allowed us to take seven of our channels and make 40,” Richter said. “That’s how we now have an encrypted system of 52 channels to offer to the public.”
The Basic service consists of 27 channels (six in HD), costing $22.95 plus tax per month. The Expanded service offers 52 channels (seven in HD) for $52.95 per month. The coverage area currently extends 30 miles or so from Granite Falls, where the tower is located.
“If you aren’t into sports or just want the networks, then it’s $22.95,” Richter said. “A lot of people don’t like wondering if their satellite bill will go up or down next year, so we feel we can fill a niche, with a cost of $52.95 versus maybe $90 or $100. In town, you have cable. People in town can still get our service, but basically, we’re a rural provider.”
While there is a one-time installation fee ($64.95) and membership fee ($50), MVTV services do not require a contract, which many customers appreciate.
“We’ve added about 75 to 100 new Internet customers a month for the last five months,” Richter said. “We’ll grow the digital television service, too. We have to pay our bills so we charge a fee, but whatever we get along the way, we keep investing and extending our reach. It’s a wonderful service.”
Like its service to rural customers, MVTV has grown since being founded 54 years ago in Granite Falls. Along with Richter, MVTV currently has 21 employees, including Pam Rosenau (marketing and customer service), Julie Foote (sales and marketing development) and a large number of technicians who help provide service to customers in southwest and central Minnesota.
“Our wireless Internet service covers 25,000 square miles,” Rosenau said. “Our office is in Granite Falls, but we have technicians who each have territories they cover. It’s for people without fiber, basically. It’s completely unlimited, and there are no contracts.”
According to Richter, keeping up with the customer demands since the Internet’s arrival in 1999 has been challenging but rewarding.
“We’ve made many, many improvements,” he said. “It’s been a real challenge to build a network to keep elevating programming for what people are using the Internet for. But we’ve always had the belief that we can do it. And we basically cover one-fourth of the state now. We enjoy having a big impact on southwest/west central Minnesota, whether it’s television or wireless service.”
MVTV has worked hard to offer those services at an affordable rate as well.
“Fiber is the best, but it’s also the most expensive,” Richter said. “It’s about $20,000 a mile and about $15,000 to bury. So wireless is a good solution. We’ve helped rural Minnesota get connected, whether it’s for a job, school, banking or entertainment. They’re all important. And it’s getting more affordable, too.”
Recently, Richter and Rosenau attended an event for people in the Marshall Public School district. Thanks to PCs for People, 150 households in the district received new computers. The eligible families were also offered discounted services from MVTV Wireless.
“We’ll send out a technician to see if you can get access,” Rosenau said. “It’s usually $56 a month, but we’re offering our service for $26 a month for as long as you want it.”
Richter, who has also been part of Gov. Mark Dayton’s Broadband task force since the mid-1990s, said he was thrilled to be part of the PCs for People event.
“It’s always good to get out and see what’s going on,” Richter said. “Senator (Paul) Wellstone always came here because he had a warm spot for out-state people. Now, Dayton helps facilitate the task force. We meet once a month. PCs for People are part of the solution, to help bridge the digital divide, so I’m looking forward to bringing the excitement of that event back to the task force. It’s a wonderful program.” – Jenny Kirk , Marshall Independent
MVTV Wireless Your Broadband Internet Service Provider ‘Connecting Rural Minnesota’
Although the wind had no mercy, it was a true pleasure traveling from town to town (often down gravel roads) to meet several of the Meander Artists. You might not have any idea many of these Studios even exist were it not for the Upper Minnesota Art Crawl, affectionately known as the Meander.
There are several common threads throughout the tour. All evidence that the community, it’s artists and the Meander coordinators have a very strong understanding of their ‘brand’.
Each of these local treasures are cherished and carefully protected by everyone involved in the Meander. …a testament to their commitment towards longevity. It’s no accident the Meander has continued for 11 years. As you enter each Studio you can tell the Artist is totally committed. You never get the impression anything is an afterthought or getting in the way of normal business. Each Studio offers hor d’oeuvres and a warm welcome. Guest books help track where Meanders are coming from so that the coordinators can promote accordingly. Bright red or white ‘M‘ buttons adorn each attendees lapel as a badge of Meander honor. Marketing at it’s finest!
This same integrity carries over into each Artist’s craftsmanship and presentation. MVTV Wireless was able to visit a few Studios to show our support. We’ll be blogging about each Artist in the coming weeks. Subscribe to our Blog by entering your email address on the MVTV News page, or by clicking on the RSS feed link.
The pieces you are about to see are hand-crafted and top quality. The entire event carries an attitude… ‘If you’re going to do it, do it right so it lasts for years.’ And, the stories behind their passion are amazing! Take, for instance, River Bank Folk Art’s Curt & Paula Soine. Curt shared with us the story of how he came to carve his first decoy. Watch the MVTV Blog page for upcoming Artist Profile stories, one featuring Paula’s $400 goose!
Stony Run Woods, Granite Falls, has been creating native willow & rustic furniture & accessories for 27 years! We’ll be sharing the story of Dale & Jo Pederson transformed their passion into a community service.
tokheim stoneware’s Gene & Lucy Tokheim, Dawson, create Scandinavian influenced pottery that’s been enjoyed by kings! These functional pieces frequently adorn the art of local artist Franz Allbert Richter.
We also visited with Visual Artist, Tamara Isfeld whose work is exhibited in Montevideo’s Java River, Gene Stukel Photography’s amazing images of The Walking Bridge, Bradley Hall who has been actively building community through the arts and Andy of A to Z Letterpress Printing … Brad and Andy are co-creators of the Meander Calendar! We have far to many images from these visits to include in this blog post. Subscribe to the MVTV News Blog now so you don’t miss a single Artist Profile story!
The Meander is by no means a ‘stuffy’ event. We had our share of fun!
See you at the 2015 Meander Art Crawl,MVTV Wireless, Your Broadband Internet Provider ‘Connecting Rural Minnesota’
Now is the time to start preparing for Friday’s Meander Art Crawl kick-off! What is the Meander?
The award winning Meander Art Crawl is a free self-guided tour of artist studios featuring 45 local artists from the Upper Minnesota River Valley. The Meander is a great “trip on a tank full” for those seeking authentic culture, history and scenic vistas. The event is about welcoming people and being connected to the local history, culture and landscape. We encourage visitors to visit artists in their own environment who celebrate a lifestyle that represents the small, handmade, personal and local culture of the area. – http://www.artsmeander.com/
First you’ll need a Route Map – http://www.artsmeander.com/map.php
Next you’ll need to decide where to start. We suggest one of our favorite artists, #39… Basketry by Claire, Claire Swanson.
Claire has been creating Reed baskets in a wide range of shapes, sizes, styles and hand-dyed colors since 1981. According to the Meander Studio Profile:
I had taken a class to make an egg basket, and from there my desire to learn more took root. Since then, I have taught myself through trial and error , and a class here and there, to weave many numerous styles of baskets. – Claire Swanson
You can find just about every style basket on the ClaireSwanson Esty page. You’ll find everything from functional to beautiful decorative pieces. Or, place an order to have a unique basket made just for you!
For those of you that are Pinners, look for her selection on the Basketry by Claire Pinterest page.
Claire’s at-home-studio is located at 1055 125th St SE Granite Falls, MN 56241,
Follow along the Meander’s FaceBook page as they post other artist’s profiles leading up to this weekend’s events. On Friday, keep an eye on MVTV Wireless’ FaceBook page for pictures posted from our meandering. As a Meander Sponsor, we’ll be visiting several of the studios to show our support. You can find us under the ‘Services’ section on the Arts Meander Sponsor site.
See you on the Art Crawl!MVTV Wireless Your Broadband Internet Provider ‘Connecting Rural Minnesota’
MVTV Wireless is a non-profit, member-owned corporation. We were founded in 1960 in order to bring television to the Granite Falls, MN area. In April of 1999 MVTV began providing wireless internet service.
Within recent years, MVTV Wireless Broadband Internet Services have expanded to include nearly 30,000 square miles of Southwestern Minnesota. We are serving 6,500+ subscribers and growing rapidly.