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Child Gaming on PC

Cloud-Based Gaming Means Big Bandwidth Usage

November 18, 2020

Faster broadband speeds fuel optimal online gaming. Gamers have been anticipating the recent release of the long-awaited PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X this month. In the lead-up to the release of the next generation of consoles, both companies have allowed players to utilize cloud gaming technology, indicating that the cloud may be the future of gaming. And while this technology can give instant access to hundreds of games in high resolution, it also means you may need to increase...

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Alpine Broadband Connects Agriculture

October 29, 2020

Alpine Communications continues to invest in the 100% fiber-optic Fusion Network in our rural areas because we understand how important broadband is to farmers, their families, and agriculture businesses. We will keep investing until everyone can connect the way they want to so they can thrive! When rural residents have connectivity, our area thrives. How can we help your agriculture business?

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Elkader Depot Grant

Aureon Provides $5,600 in Charity Grants to Iowan Communities Served by Alpine Communications

October 19, 2020

Aureon is pleased to announce that Aureon Charity Grants for Q1 and Q2 2020 have been awarded to area non-profit organizations in Northeast Iowa. The grants were presented in conjunction with Alpine Communications who sponsored the grant applications. Upon reviewing an abundance of applications, the Aureon Charity Grant Committee delegated funds to projects committed to the betterment of local Iowa communities. McGregor Hook & Ladder Co #1 – $1,500.00 to purchase new bunker gear Kids Kampus – $400.00 to help...

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Choosing the Best Location for Your Router

October 16, 2020

To get the best performance from your WiFi network, one of the most important things to do is pick the optimal location in your home for your router. This is because the wrong location can sometimes cause the internet connection to fail or drop intermittently. Follow these guidelines to help you find the right spot: Install your router in a central location. Routers send the signal out in all directions, so if it’s left in the corner of your home,...

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Alpine Communications Receives $2.89 Million Grant for Fiber Expansion Project

October 2, 2020

Elkader, Iowa, October 2, 2020  – Broadband connections are vital for the growth and quality of life in rural Iowa. Alpine Communications is excited to announce we are investing $5.79 Million to expand the Fusion Network, a 100% fiber-optic network, to rural areas of McGregor, Guttenberg, and Garnavillo exchanges in Clayton County, Iowa. The total estimated project cost is $5,799,956.78. The CARES Act and the State of Iowa funded 50% or $2,899,987.39 of the estimated project cost.  In August 2020,...

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Alpine Champions National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

October 1, 2020

The 17th annual National cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) kicked off on October 1, 2020, and with the COVID-19 pandemic still affecting all of us, Alpine Communications remind people to Do your part. #BeCyberSmart If You Connect it, Protect It. This year’s main effort is to encourage all Americans to take proactive steps to enable lasting, positive cybersecurity behavior change at home and at work. Protecting against cyber threats is a critical challenge for organizations of all sizes in both the...

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Sharon Keehner Clayton County Supervisor

Keehner Believes Rural Broadband is Key for Quality of Life in Clayton County

September 25, 2020

Alpine Communications caught up with Sharon Keehner at the Connected Communities Summit last October. As a business teacher for 39 years, she has a lot of experience with technology. Sharon is also a Clayton County Supervisor.   Sharon shared her perspective on how high-speed broadband in rural Iowa, “We have great internet here. I just went to robotics training last year and the gentleman came from the Silicon Valley in California. He said he had faster internet at his bed and...

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Woman Confused on a Cellphone

How to Reduce Unwanted Telemarketer Calls, Robocalls, and Text Messages

September 18, 2020

Your time is valuable. So if you’re tired of answering annoying telemarketer calls, robocalls, or texts, take action today by visiting the websites below.  Federal Communications Commission www.fcc.gov Unwanted calls – including illegal and spoofed robocalls – are the FCC’s top consumer complaint and our top consumer protection priority. These include complaints from consumers whose numbers are being spoofed or whose calls are being mistakenly blocked or labeled as a possible scam call by a robocall blocking app or service....

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Woman Laptop Coffee

8 Tips for Working from Home

September 10, 2020

For many people, a temporary work-from-home situation has become permanent. To help you be successful while working from home, we’ve compiled these tips to help you stay productive, set expectations, and have some fun. Cleanliness is next to godliness: You know what they say, cleanliness is next to godliness. Now more than ever, personal hygiene is important. Even though you are at home, washing your hands frequently and thoroughly is crucial. While there are many guides out there on proper...

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Bill Menner

Bill Menner Shares His Perspective On Telehealth and Broadband Connectivity in Iowa

September 1, 2020

During his appointment as the USDA State Director of Rural Development, Bill delivered more than $5 billion in loans, loan guarantees, and grants to rural borrowers.  Today, he serves as the Executive Director of the Iowa Rural Health Association, Executive Director of the Iowa Rural Development Council, and Founder/President and CEO of The Bill Menner Group.  Collectively, these roles give Menner a unique viewpoint about what is driving growth in rural Iowa…and how to overcome obstacles that stand in the...

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