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4 Creative Ways to Use the Internet to Connect

August 20, 2020

Before COVID-19 hit so close to home, the internet generally seemed like a handy tool. Depending on your job or interests, the world wide web might not have been something you gave any thought to. The internet was just there. Now, as we practice social distancing, that “handy tool” may be becoming a central part of our lives. While it certainly cannot replace good old-fashioned conversations at the neighborhood bakery or hands-on learning in the classroom, it does have the...

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FCC and FEMA Tips For Emergency Communication

August 14, 2020

When weather-related emergencies strike, it’s important for your safety to be prepared and stay connected: Before an Emergency Traditional landline telephone service usually works during electric power outages but you may need to use a corded phone; many cordless home phones rely on electric power to operate. If a storm is coming, charge your wireless phone; keep an extra battery and a car charger on hand. Also, charge your laptop or tablet. Broadcasters are an important source of news during...

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Our Role as Community Connectors

August 7, 2020

Chris Hopp believes connected communities thrive. For Chris, “community” is broadly defined as a local area, like-minded people, or a shared mission such as manufacturing or healthcare. Broadband services, in his experiences, facilitate connections within communities so they can thrive. My role is to work with all of the communities we serve and the employees to ensure we are giving folks the services they need and want. We focus on the customer experience and just make sure to solve the...

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Rachel Franks

Meet the Crew – Rachel Franks

July 29, 2020

Join us in welcoming Rachel Franks to Alpine Communications. Rachel is the Accounting Assistant and started her career at Alpine in May 2020. Her job duties include maintaining accounting records, tracking projects with work orders, invoicing, quotes, and managing payroll.  Her roots run deep in Clayton county. Rachel is from rural Saint Olaf, Iowa, a graduate of Central Community School, and she received her Accounting Clerk and Specialist degree from Northeast Iowa Community College. You may recognize Rachel from her...

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Welcome Home Iowa

Broadband and Housing Incentives Can Attract Movers to Rural Iowa

July 23, 2020

The ongoing pandemic has demonstrated the security and convenience of living in rural Iowa. Residents have access to quality healthcare, close relationships with schools and colleges, the comfort of knowing your neighbors, and the space to be free – and social distance. Furthermore, broadband technology connects us to faraway friends using technologies such as Facetime or Zoom. For others, they can maintain their jobs through remote work capabilities. Alpine Communications has experienced an uptick in requests from people connecting broadband...

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Understanding Internet Connection Speeds

July 22, 2020

It’s important to understand how Internet connection speeds work to ensure you select the right package for the needs of your home or business. Speed is often the most important factor since a faster Internet connection will improve your overall online experience. The challenge is that the fastest Internet speeds are typically the most expensive.  Alpine Communications provides a variety of Internet plans to choose from. How is Internet speed measured? Let’s start with the concept of speed, or bandwidth,...

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Ketaki Poyekar Hauber

From Mumbai to Elkader: An Entrepreneur’s Vision for Culture and Connections in Rural Iowa

July 14, 2020

Ketaki Poyekar-Hauber journeyed halfway across the world from Mumbai, India to San Francisco, California, to pursue higher education. Ketaki and her Iowa-native husband, Tony Hauber, settled in Elkader in 2017 to realize their dream of starting a business.  Due to the nature of their business, the couple’s success story would not be possible without broadband services. “Fast and reliable internet from Alpine Communications has made my online business possible,” shared Ketaki. “I didn’t know that (working remotely as an entrepreneur)...

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What’s the difference between the Internet & WiFi?

July 9, 2020

WiFi technology is extremely popular and available just about everywhere. Whether you’re grabbing a cup of coffee, shopping for shoes, or enjoying a family pizza night, you’re likely to have a WiFi hotspot available. You may hear people talking about “getting onto WiFi” or not being able to “get onto WiFi.” Most of the time, the issue is that they can’t get their laptop, smartphone, or other device connected to the internet. Is WiFi the same as the internet? No,...

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Modem Router Equipment

Is Outdated Hardware Affecting Your Internet Connection?

June 30, 2020

If you’re experiencing “drops” in your internet connection or the speed seems to have slowed down, it may have nothing to do with your service from Alpine Communications. The culprit could instead be outdated hardware in your home, namely your wireless router, modem, or filters. For example, some older wireless routers and modems have a speed cap limiting the maximum internet speed possible. All telephone, satellite, and fax lines need to be filtered. Modems should not be filtered. Filtering is...

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Clayton County Rural Farm Scene

Apply for FRS Community Grant

June 19, 2020

The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), a non-profit organization dedicated to sustaining and enhancing the quality of life throughout rural America by advancing an understanding of rural telecommunications issues, has an exciting opportunity for communities served by Alpine Communications. As part of its ongoing commitment to rural communities across the country, FRS offers aid for communities served by NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association members through its annual Community Grants Program. These grants are designed to provide support to a...

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