Tag Archive: broadband

NFVCC Grant Presentation

Alpine Communications Celebrates with North Fayette Valley Community Coalition on Foundation for Rural Service Grant Award

December 24, 2020

The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) today announced the recipients of 23 grants totaling $104,000 to advance the quality of life and enable economic development in communities served by members of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association. Alpine Communications is pleased to announce North Fayette Valley Community Coalition as one of these grant recipients. North Fayette Valley Community Coalition received $4990.00 to purchase an iPad, heavy duty case with stand, bean bag cushion, fidget toys and storage tote for each of the...

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Smart Phone Internet Speedometer

How to Pick the Right Internet Speed for You

November 25, 2020

Best Internet Speed Depends on Devices, Uses, and Expectations “How much Internet speed do I need?” Alpine Communications hears this question a lot from customers, and there’s no single right answer. For some customers, a download speed of up to 5 MB may work fine. Other households may need a download speed of up to 50 MB or more to keep everybody in the family happy. To select the best Internet speed for your household, it’s important to consider these...

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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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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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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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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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Clayton County 4-H and FFA Achievement Show Leverages Broadband to Thrive Despite Pandemic Woes

August 28, 2020

Clayton County ISU Extension and Outreach had a few worries as they pivoted from the traditional county fair to an Achievement Show format in August 2020 – but internet connectivity was not one of them.   As they have done for previous county fairs, the organization turned to Alpine Communications for broadband and telephone services for quality connections.        Holly Loan, Clayton County Extension Director, shared why Alpine Communications broadband services are integral to the event’s success. “Clayton County Extension and...

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