Since 1948, October has been recognized as National Cooperative month in Minnesota. National recognition didn’t come till 1964. This year’s theme is ‘Coops Commit’.
According to the Southern Minnesota Energy Cooperative:
Any margin (profit) made by the cooperative is reinvested in the organization, used to pay down debts, and returned to its member-owners as patronage capital. Electric cooperatives provide reliable and technologically advanced service to 42 million Americans while maintaining a unique consumer-focused approach to business.
…that includes Broadband Internet Access!
What exactly is a co-op?
They provide nearly every good and service imaginable, and they are a great choice for buying local and keeping jobs in the community. Chances are at least one Cooperative provides you with services necessary for daily living and business. Traditional, Cooperatives have provided us with electricity and fuel. It may surprise you just how many of the services, products and jobs are associated with a Coop.
The Cooperative Difference
- Locally owned & operated – Owned and operated by member-owners (customers) and focuses on their needs and local priorities.
- Member-owners are first – Members know they can trust their cooperative, because it was created not to make a profit, but simply to provide reliable electricity and service and affordable rates.
- Responsive to local needs – Coops work hard to achieve a better quality of life and higher level of service for member-owners.
And our Cooperatives continue to evolve, using social media to better communicate with their members. Does your Coop have an interactive FB or Twitter page?
The MVTV Wireless Story
As a nonprofit, member-owned corporation made up of members/stockholders, MVTV Wireless has served our members since January 30, 1960. The Granite Falls boys high school basketball team was headed to the state playoffs. In an effort to cheer on their team and follow their journey to the state championships, a small group of volunteers decided to raise money in an attempt to bring the televised event to Granite Falls. Through their enthusiasm and determination, they were able to raise money and debut the first six channel television system to the rural Minnesota community.
This early television system started on the top of the Foshay Tower in Minneapolis, MN; with the signal traveling to Winthrop, then on to Morton and Bird Island, finally making its way to Granite Falls. While MVTV Wireless is well known for their technologically advanced fixed wireless Broadband Internet Service, to this day, we still provide television service to a 30 mile radius of the Granite Falls area.
In April of 1999, MVTV began providing it’s High Speed Broadband Wireless Internet Service. Just like with the TV service it started small. Transmitting a broadband wireless signal from our TV tower allowed MVTV to reach rural customers that couldn’t otherwise have access to internet. Today, MVTV Wireless provides fast, dependable and affordable fourth-generation broadband internet service using fixed wireless technology with speeds up to 25Mbsp. We serve residential and business customers in the most rural areas across SW Minnesota.
MVTV Wireless Broadband Internet Services have expanded to include over more than 30,000 square miles of Southwestern Minnesota. We are serving 6,500 plus subscribers and continue to grow.
Help us celebrate National Cooperative month!
We would like to THANK our members for their patronage, our board for their guidance and our fellow Cooperatives for the services they provide to the state of Minnesota.
‘Connecting Rural Minnesota’