Winona, MN – Hiawatha Broadband Communications (HBC) of Winona, Minnesota has announced it has acquired the wireless Internet operations of Alma, Wisconsin-based, Riverland Communications.

The agreement was completed Friday, December 23, 2016 with HBC to begin serving Riverland Communications wireless Internet customers immediately with technical and service support.

“We are very excited to serve our new customers,” said HBC President and CEO Dan Pecarina.  “We are working to make the transition to HBC as seamless as possible. The HBC Team is in the process of transitioning Riverland’s current equipment to the enhanced capabilities of HBC Air service which will provide customers with much faster speed offerings resulting in an enjoyable broadband experience.”

Former Riverland wireless Internet customers will be offered speed increases from a current maximum of 6 Mbps to up to 40 Mbps following equipment upgrades.

Pecarina added that Riverland customers will not need to do anything to continue receiving their service and that HBC will be mailing additional information soon regarding the change.

About us: Headquartered in Winona, MN, Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc. (HBC) delivers cutting edge telecommunications services to communities in southeastern Minnesota. Founded in 1997, HBC builds and operates hybrid fiber and Fiber-To-The-Home networks as well as providing wireless broadband in rural areas. The company offers a video service selection of more than 300 channels (including approximately 100 in High-Definition), digital music, Pay-Per-View, and extensive local programming produced by HBC Studios. The company has over 110 local employees supporting, retail, wholesale, construction, business consulting, and Wizards Technical Support divisions in over 17 communities.