For Immediate Release

Winona, MN – With COVID-19 altering high school graduations, Hiawatha Broadband Communications (HBC) is stepping in to bring these local ceremonies to family members who can’t attend due to social distancing rules.

“While HBC TV 25 has been broadcasting local graduation ceremonies for years, this year those broadcasts become much more significant,” said HBC Media and Marketing Director, David Dicke. “With schools having to limit those attending to immediate family members only, our broadcasts may be the only way extended family members can be a part of this important life event.”

While previous year’s broadcasts have been limited to HBC’s subscribers, the introduction of a new broadcast platform now allows for the signal to be live streamed to anyone with a broadband connection anywhere in the world.

“Our new broadcast setup really expands the audience for TV 25 and HBC Studios events,” Dicke said. “While viewership of local programming events has always been strong, having the capability to live stream from any broadband connection really expands the potential viewing audience giving more people, especially those folks outside our community footprint, the ability to watch these local events.”

According to Dicke, TV 25’s most recent graduation broadcast had nearly 500 people viewing the live stream broadcast, with nearly 300 more watching a replay of the stream in the days following the event through HBC Studios’ streaming website

“Being able to cover these types of events has always been a part of HBC’s community service mission,” says HBC President Dan Pecarina. “HBC’s local programming is a valuable asset for our customers, but more so now during these current times when many people remain isolated due to COVID-19. With the implementation of broadband video streaming technology, HBC will be able expand on broadband coverage to greater strengthen its commitment to community and regional service.”

HBC Studios remains hopeful it will be able to provide a limited schedule of live parade coverage this summer. Many community celebrations have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak.