Feeding You Fiber

Our Mid-Rivers construction crew and two contractors have been installing fiber cable at a rapid pace this summer, which is one of the few positive things that comes out of having little to no moisture all year.  Our own crew is nearing completion of a Fiber to the Premise (FTTP) build-out in the town of…Read more Feeding You Fiber

Broadband changes lives. So who is responsible to making sure we all have access?

A great question and a proven answer that is a working model in Eastern Montana as well. We’re not there yet, but we’re making progress every day thanks to the Cooperative model.

Blandin on Broadband

Yesterday I read about Verizon cutting off a lot of power users. Ars Technica reports

Verizon Wireless said it is disconnecting a small group of customers who use vast amounts of data in rural areas where Verizon relies on roaming agreements with smaller network operators.

“Earlier this month we notified a small group of customers who are out of contract and primarily use mobile data on other wireless companies’ networks that we won’t be their service provider after July 30, 2017,” a Verizon spokesperson told Ars today. “This only affects a few people who primarily roam on other networks and does not affect customers who primarily use Verizon’s own network.”

The customers who are affected “are using vast amounts of data—some as much as a terabyte or more a month—outside of our network footprint,” the company said. Verizon gave the customers several weeks’ notice so they have time to…

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Independence Day

In Eastern Montana we take the concept of Independence very seriously.  Many of our families ended up settling here because they had the tenacity to tough it out when others didn't.  We value the independent spirit and the freedoms that we are able to enjoy in this country thanks to the sacrifices of so many.…Read more Independence Day

The Real Value of Wide Open

As our local employees have talked to customers during the process of bringing Wide Open Internet to everyone, some of our heaviest Internet users have expressed concerns about moving to a usage-based plan.  They point out to us that neighboring co-ops are still providing "unlimited" Internet plans, and they want us to go back to…Read more The Real Value of Wide Open

Giving Away the Farm

As a Cooperative with a very large regional footprint (30,000 square miles, 23 K-12 schools, 15 country and elementary schools, and 11 county seats, each with their own public library, Senior Citizen Center, and swimming pool) - and as a provider of services that touch nearly everyone at some point, Mid-Rivers gets our share of…Read more Giving Away the Farm

Wide Open Internet

Paying for what your household or business uses is not a new concept in the utility world.  We personally have four different electric meters running between our home place and three stock tanks.  When the stock tanks are being used during the summer months, we pay more for the electricity.  When they are turned off…Read more Wide Open Internet

The Value of LOCAL

"Local" has become a popular American buzzword in recent years.  One episode of Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives (which happens to be my favorite show) is likely to contain multiple mentions of local ingredients, locally-grown produce, and locally-raised meats.  Farmer's Markets are rapidly regaining popularity and popping up across the nation.  Schools are re-introducing local produce…Read more The Value of LOCAL