The Open Internet & Cooperative Membership

To insure compliance with the latest version of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Open Internet Transparency Rules that become effective on June 11, we have updated the Open Internet Disclosure statement on our website.  Our new statement begins with this important opening: "While the legal requirements for an 'Open Internet' may change, our commitment to providing…Read more The Open Internet & Cooperative Membership

Construction Season!

It's officially construction season.  Not just road construction, but fiber construction!  And if you are doing any of your own excavations in yards, fencing projects or any other digging, PLEASE make sure to Call 811 at least two (2) full BUSINESS days before you dig.  You don't want to be the one who cuts off…Read more Construction Season!

Is Anything Still Private?

Hardly a day goes by right now that we don't hear, watch or read about breaches of our privacy.  Facebook's CEO testifying before Congress about his company's use of your data.  Data mining firms who know everything about you.  Tech industry pioneers apologizing for the part they played in where we have ended up, some…Read more Is Anything Still Private?

Investing in Our Communities

Mid-Rivers recently completed our 2017 audit process, the conclusion of which is a presentation of the findings to the Board of Trustees and management.  (The audit report is available for review by the Cooperative's membership in the Circle headquarters office, and a financial report will be presented at the Annual Meeting on May 31 in…Read more Investing in Our Communities

Use Your Powers for Good

The Net Neutrality post from November generated some interest - thanks to everyone who is now following the blog!  I will admit that I have been procrastinating since then on what to talk about, hoping you won't regret having clicked the "follow" button. There is no lack of topics available, as usual we have a…Read more Use Your Powers for Good

Net Neutrality and Restoring Internet Freedom – What Does it Mean for Us?

Yesterday the FCC released a draft order in their "Restoring Internet Freedom" proceeding that will be voted on at their December 14 open meeting.  This is a seemingly dry yet very highly-publicized topic that you probably heard mentioned on yesterdays' national news, and you will be hearing it for a while.  So what exactly is…Read more Net Neutrality and Restoring Internet Freedom – What Does it Mean for Us?

The Digital Divide: Perception & Reality

Our General Manager/CEO attended the Montana High Tech Jobs Summit earlier this month in Missoula, where attendees heard from speakers including FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and Microsoft's President & Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith.  The overwhelming theme of the event was the importance of broadband services, and the perception that most of Montana - especially…Read more The Digital Divide: Perception & Reality