Stories

Elkader Uses Housing Incentives to Grow and Thrive

March 5, 2019

Since 1836, when Elisha Boardmann and Horace Bronson settled on the banks of the Turkey River, Elkader has been a vibrant hub for commerce in Northeast Iowa. Elkader reached its peak population of 1,688 in 1980 but it has been steadily declining over the past 40 due to urbanization and a changing agriculture economy.  As a result, enrollment has also declined at Central Community Schools. The challenge is how to keep the small, rural community thriving. Jennifer Cowsert, Elkader City...

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Four Area Non-Profits Receive Aureon Grants

March 1, 2019

Alpine Communications in conjunction with Aureon is pleased to announce that an Aureon Charity Grant has 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. Elgin Historical Society – $500.00 towards a new laptop and Past Perfect Software system at the museum. City of...

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Alpine Communications Recognize Marvel-ous Employees

February 25, 2019

Who is your favorite superhero? Is it Batman, Spiderman, Wonder Woman, or Captain America?  At Alpine Communications, our favorite superheroes are each other. Once a month, we celebrate our everyday marvels who work to exceed the standards that we live by to ensure the communities we serve are connected and thriving. Rather than recognizing a superhero trait, such as Herculean strength, we name the Alpine standard each marvel represents. A Monthly Marvel does one or more of the following: Their...

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WiFi Calling Eliminates Poor Cell Service In Your Home

February 25, 2019

Problem – you pay for cell phone service and it works in 90 percent of the places you go – except for your home. Why is that, you ask? You live in a hole. Not an actual hole, but a cellular hole. Who would complain about living in a valley or along the hillside of the scenic hills and dales, bluffs and valleys of northeast Iowa? There is peace, tranquility, and beauty in our rural lifestyle. However, the terrain is...

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Skyrocketing Sports Rights

February 20, 2019

People love to watch sports, and sports executives know it – so the programming comes at a premium. The price networks pay to air sports has caused your basic TV bill to double over the past decade. The NFL alone makes a little over $7 billion per year for broadcast and cable rights to air their games. Combine that with the MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS, college and other sports and you can quickly see the impact. Escalating salaries of star...

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Josh Funk – Faces of the Brand

February 19, 2019

Do you know how to react when you encounter a mamma grizzly bear and her two cubs deep in the forest with nowhere to escape?  Just ask Josh Funk, Alpine’s broadband tech. He would advise you to relax, set up your tripod and camera, and begin taking the photos of a lifetime – as he experienced while vacationing in Lake Louise, Alberta, Canada. By day, Josh has been helping customers connect with technology for nearly 10 years as one of...

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Collecting Mittens and Warming Hearts for Ten Years

January 30, 2019

Ten years ago, an idea was brought to life by the employees at Alpine Communications.  They were inspired to begin collecting cold weather gear, which developed into the Alpine Mitten Tree Program. Over the years, the program has become more and more popular, as caring customers and employees have donated new and hand-made hats, gloves, mittens, and scarves in an effort to warm the heads, hands, and hearts of families in our community. “As a mom of three kids, I...

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Why Our Standards Make Us Different

January 16, 2019

Is different better? It depends on who you ask. If you direct that question to someone at Alpine Communications, you’ll likely receive a resounding, “yes!” When it comes to serving our customers, we work to serve you in a different way than you would expect. We believe being different is better. Here’s why. We believe connected communities become thriving communities.  This statement is the heart and soul of our company. This belief is manifested through each interaction with our employees. ...

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How Connected Are You?

January 16, 2019

3 Factors that Could Get in the Way When you’re connected, you’re better able to become a part of the community. Staying informed to local happenings is easier. Volunteering your time or serving as a community leader more naturally fall into place. This is one of the many reasons we believe that connected communities become thriving communities. When you personally are connected, you are automatically part of it. We live in rural America where, I’d argue, connection is more important...

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Five Ways to Identify a Phishing Attack

January 16, 2019

Phishing attacks are becoming more sophisticated and convincing, causing their victims to face extreme losses in their businesses. In fact, in 2017, 76 percent of organizations said they experienced phishing attacks. These scams are more common than you think and need to be considered a top priority when it comes to mitigating business risks. But what are phishing attacks, and how can you identify them? A phishing attack is when a cybercriminal pretends to be someone they are not via...

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