Tag Archive: Iowa

Bill Menner

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

September 1, 2020

You would be hard-pressed to find a stronger voice for rural development in Iowa than Bill Menner. For more than 30 years, Bill has been a fierce advocate and go-to expert for helping rural Iowa communities thrive. 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...

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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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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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Brian Williams Alpine Communications Broadband Technician

Faces of the Brand – Brian Williams

June 12, 2020

Brian Williams takes his job as Alpine’s underground facility locator seriously because he knows that one misstep in his duties can result in a widespread service outage.  He is passionate about his role in connecting customers. “After a big construction project is complete that I’ve done a lot of locates for, it’s somewhat empowering to see that nothing was damaged and no services were disrupted,” said Williams.  He describes how he goes the extra mile to ensure safety and continuity for customers during excavating projects, “I’ve located cables where there is a lot on the line.  I’ll get right down in the hole with contractors to ensure they don’t damage...

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How to Improve the Speed of Your WiFi Network

How to Improve the Speed of Your WiFi Network

June 10, 2020

Let’s face it, when it comes to internet connections, more is more. With Alpine High-Speed Internet, you can do more, connect more, and experience more, faster. Customers frequently ask, “how much internet speed do I need?” There’s no single right answer. For some customers, a download speed of up to 5 Mbps may work fine. Other households may need a download speed of up to 50 Mbps or more to keep everybody in the family happy. How to Improve the...

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Brent Grinna EverTrue

Fiber Broadband Empowers Entrepreneur to Plant Roots in Rural Iowa

June 1, 2020

Midwest roots run deep and for a bi-coastal couple. Brent and Katie Grinna of Boston, Massachusets call McGregor, Iowa, their home away from home. Fiber-optic broadband connections deliver the quality of life they dreamed about for their young family. Brent Grinna is the founder of EverTrue, a software platform that helps colleges and universities engage alumni and raise money. Brent is a native of rural Postville, Iowa, and his parents instilled in him a strong work ethic. Ivy League Brown...

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Amanda Pasket The Visual Element Elgin Iowa

Midwestern Creative Innovator Cultivates Communities in Elgin

May 22, 2020

Amanda Pasket saw the beauty and potential in the scenic Echo Valley as a young adult. She chose to make her mark on the business landscape as an entrepreneur. Amanda is the owner of The Visual Element, LLC, a graphic design and marketing agency in Elgin, Iowa. With a focus on community, she has planted roots in Elgin and works to cultivate a bright future for her fellow residents. Amanda says technology and community are two main factors that help...

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Samantha Moser Alpine Communications

Faces of the Brand – Samantha Moser

May 21, 2020

Samantha Moser takes life with ease but takes her role as administrative assistant very seriously.  For nearly five years, Sam (her nickname in the office and real-life), has maximized the opportunities to expand her knowledge in accounting and telecommunications.  She’s not done learning yet.  “I would like to take more accounting classes so I can grow my skills to keep up with the fast-paced industry we work in.” As Alpine Communications’ person in charge of ordering, Samantha uses email to...

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Local Dairy Producers Smart Farm Milking Robots and Broadband

Local Dairy Producers Rely on Smart Farm Milking Robots and Broadband Service to Fulfill Family Dream

May 13, 2020

Jamie and Tony Goodrich are fulfilling their dream of raising a family on a dairy farm. Advancements in smart farm technology and reliable high-speed internet contribute to turning their vision into reality, meanwhile improving the quality of life for dairy producers. Jamie and her husband, Tony, have invested in artificial intelligence and robotics to give their operation a chance of surviving during tumultuous times. Jamie and Tony, with Jeff West, own a thriving dairy operation in rural Clayton County, Iowa....

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Guttenberg Iowa River Park Drive

There’s a Ripple Effect When You Shop Local

May 5, 2020

When a single stone is thrown in a lake, many ripples form from the impact and expand across the water. That’s similar to the effect you can have in your community when you choose to shop locally. Advocates for Independent Business (AIB) and the Institute of Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) use this ripple concept to convey the shop local message. They also encourage businesses to help spread the word. When you choose locally owned businesses for your shopping, you create a...

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