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
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
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
"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
As our access to the world has expanded, our individual views on what we all think we need have grown in proportion. I didn't know I needed a SmartWatch until I saw them online, or a zero-turn mower until I watched a YouTube video about how completely awesome they are for mowing big yards. I could…Read more A Little Perspective
Internet service has become so central to people's lives and businesses that yesterday when CenturyLink had a fiber cut (which took them 24 hours to repair), we heard that a few businesses in the area with CenturyLink service had to close their doors and send employees home. Mid-Rivers has had our share of fiber cuts…Read more Internet Troubles?
Without really meaning to, I noticed that I designed the first two posts around the value statements that the Mid-Rivers Board and management recently put together to share with our members and customers. Originality has never been one of my strong points, so I guess I will continue with that theme today! Today's value: Attempting…Read more Don’t Forget Mother’s Day!