Tag: Dan Pecarina

HBC to Reroute Fiber to Facilitate Development of Hardee’s Block

For Immediate Release (10/20/2018)

Winona, MN – Development of the former Hardee’s block is requiring Hiawatha Broadband Communications (HBC) to move a major fiber-optic conduit.

According HBC officials, the affected fiber conduit carries services to most homes and businesses east of Main Street in Winona, including 9-1-1 emergency calling. HBC has been notifying affected business and residential customers and is working with local Emergency Management officials on protocols while emergency calling is disabled.HBC fav icon

“This will be an extremely critical operation as we work to move all traffic off this line without causing major service interruptions” said HBC Field Operations Manager Dan Fortek. “Our goal will be to make this as process as seamless as possible and minimizing the length of these planned service outages.”

Fortek said the plan is to complete the project over the course of two days beginning in the early morning hours of Tuesday, October 23, 2018. Work will be conducted primarily in the early morning hours between midnight and 4:00 am. According to Fortek, intermittent outages of 30 to 45 minutes can be expected while work is being done. Weather conditions may affect the project’s timeline.

While the work will cause short service interruptions, HBC President and General Manager Dan Pecarina said the construction will offer an opportunity to make some network enhancements.

“One added benefit from this project will be the direct fiber connections to downtown businesses and greater access to fiber on the east end of Winona,” according to Pecarina. “This conversion will allow for additional service enhancements to Customers in that vicinity.”

HBC Customers will be able to stay up-to-date on the project through announcements on the HBC website, www.hbci.com during the duration of the work.

 

HBC Expands Residential Internet Speed Offerings

For Immediate Release (07/24/2018)

Winona, MN – Hiawatha Broadband Communications has expanded residential customer Internet offerings to include speeds of 200 Mbps and 300 Mbps. These speeds bridge the gap between HBC’s 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps service.

The new speeds come with a special introductory price which includes unlimited data and free Gigabit in-home wireless service. HBC President and General Manager, Dan Pecarina, said the new speeds will help Customers find a more perfect fit for their Internet needs.

“Customer needs vary and we are addressing those needs. A household of one requires a different level of service than a family household of five or six,” he said. “By adding these two new tiers of Internet service, customers will be able to better customize their service package to fit their needs, providing greater value and a more pleasant HBC service experience.”

For additional information, call (888) 474-9995 to speak with an HBC Customer Care Representative.

About HBC: Innovative broadband solutions with unparalleled customer service makes Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc. (HBC) the preferred service provider in southeastern Minnesota. Based in Winona, MN, HBC builds advanced Fiber-To-The-Premises networks, offering 1 Gbps speeds, in addition to maintaining an extensive wireless broadband network which brings symmetrical broadband to under/unserved homes, businesses, and schools in rural areas. HBC provides over 125 local jobs with employees supporting retail, wholesale, construction, business consulting, and technical support in nearly 30 communities.

For additional information, please contact David Dicke at ddicke@hbci.com or at (507) 474-5884.

U.S. Ignite names Red Wing Ignite a Smart Gigabit Community

Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc. (HBC) congratulates Red Wing Ignite on being selected to participate in the U.S. Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities (SGC) program.  HBC is a proud partner of Red Wing Ignite.

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by nmohan   November 29, 2017

November 29, 2017 – Red Wing, Minn. – Today, US Ignite, Inc. announced that Red Wing Ignite, located in southern Minnesota, is the newest participant in the US Ignite Smart Gigabit Communities (SGC) program. US Ignite is a nonprofit that spurs the creation of next-generation applications and services that leverage advanced networking technologies to build the foundation for smart communities. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 2015, US Ignite’s Smart Gigabit Communities program is creating “living lab” environments for the next generation of gigabit applications. Red Wing Ignite joins 24 other national and international communities participating in the SGC program.

“Building a diverse set of communities has been important to us since the start of the SGC program,” said William Wallace, Executive Director of US Ignite. “We are excited to have Red Wing on board to provide the unique perspective of a rural community. As an original member of US Ignite in 2013, the community has already succeeded in becoming a regional hub for digital innovation and business development. Joining the program is its next step in continuing this path of success.”

“We value the partnership we have built with US Ignite over the past four years, and we are honored to receive this new opportunity for our region,” said Neela Mollgaard, Executive Director of Red Wing Ignite and Community Leader of the SGC program. “The added resources and connections throughout the country will elevate our efforts in Minnesota.”

Smart Gigabit Communities is a collaboration among US Ignite, universities, municipalities, community anchor institutions like hospitals and schools, nonprofits, network carriers and ISPs.  Together, these organizations are focused on developing smart gigabit applications that address local community needs, such as education, workforce development, public safety, community health, smart energy and transportation. Each member of the program has committed to develop two gigabit applications or gigabit services per year that provide advanced technology solutions to issues faced by that community. They also agree to share those applications with other participants in the program.

According to US Ignite, it is essential for rural communities to be connected to other communities so that they don’t fall behind in the rapidly changing digital space. Access to a national network is critical in developing, launching and scaling new applications. The SGC program provides the infrastructure that allows Red Wing Ignite to a be a “tech hub” for greater Minnesota and serve students, entrepreneurs and businesses.

For example, Red Wing Ignite has expressed an interest in creating gigabit agricultural applications, as well as clean energy, healthcare, educational, and advanced manufacturing applications. One potential smart agricultural application uses thermal imagery from infrared cameras to measure temperatures and crop water stress during critical crop growth stages. Advanced networks enable local farmers to receive massive amounts of data from these cameras, analyze that data, and make informed decisions.

Hiawatha Broadband Communications (HBC) is a key technology partner for Red Wing Ignite, providing gigabit Internet speeds over FTTP networks reaching Red Wing Ignite users in nine Minnesota counties. HBC’s fiber optic transport ring connects more than twenty southern Minnesota cities with multiple 10 GB and 100 GB backbones. HBC will dedicate a team responsible for the networking and connectivity to partners in the Red Wing Ignite community, led by HBC president Dan Pecarina.

Many other organizations partner within the Red Wing Ignite community, including:  3M, Xcel Energy, City of Red Wing, Blandin Broadband Foundation, and Winona State University.

 

 

Hiawatha Broadband Communications Chooses Espial Elevate SaaS Cloud Platform to Enhance Consumer Experience

OTTAWA, Canada — Nov. 30, 2017 — Espial announced that Hiawatha Broadband Communications (HBC) is
powering its video services with Espial’s Elevate cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS)
solution. HBC is a leading operator in Minnesota and Wisconsin providing television, broadband, and
voice services to its customers. By powering its video services with Elevate, HBC can deliver a
premium user experience including Netflix, YouTube, and Alexa Amazon voice control — with
predictable costs and delivery.

“We’re always looking to enhance the user experience and offer next-generation features to our
customers. The Elevate cloud solution sets the benchmark for delivering a rich and immersive video
experience,” said Dan Pecarina, HBC president and CEO. “Elevate strengthens our brand identity and
ensures customers across all devices, including set-top boxes, tablets, and smartphones, can
benefit from state-of-the-art features, delivered at reasonable costs by HBC.”

“The Elevate platform is gaining traction with operators like HBC that want to deliver a next-gen
video experience,” said Matt James, vice president of North America sales at Espial. “As pay-TV
operators look to differentiate themselves in the marketplace, our Elevate Cloud SaaS community
continues to grow, offering an award-winning user experience, proven roadmap, and the capacity to
deliver engaging TV services at web speed and scale.”

About Espial (www.espial.com)

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Espial is transforming viewing experiences worldwide by enabling video services at web speed and
web scale. From immersive user experience and discovery solutions to advanced cloud-based
platforms, Espial solutions help service providers manage, deliver and monetize video and
entertainment services. Espial’s customers span six continents, have deployed tens of million
devices, and are serviced through Espial’s global sales, support, and innovation centers across
North America, Europe, and Asia.

About HBC (www.hbci.com)
Innovative   broadband   solutions   with   unparalleled   customer   service   makes   Hiawatha
Broadband Communications, Inc. (HBC) the preferred service provider in southeastern Minnesota.
Based in Winona, MN,  HBC  builds  advanced  Fiber-To-The-Premises  networks,  offering  1  Gbps
speeds,  in  addition  to maintaining   an   extensive   wireless   broadband   network   which
brings   symmetrical   broadband   to under/unserved homes, businesses, and schools in rural areas.
HBC provides over 125 local jobs with employees  supporting  retail,  wholesale,  construction,
business  consulting,  and  technical  support  in  of nearly 30 communities.

HBC Services Now Available in Cannon Falls

 

Cannon Falls, MN – Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc. (HBC) has announced that residents and businesses can begin signing up for its Internet, Video, and Phone services in Cannon Falls.

HBC officials said approximately 400 homes and businesses located in the area from the fairgrounds to Highway 9 and U.S. Highway 52 to 6th Street can now begin signing up to be connected to the state-of- the-art fiber-optic network and the full range of HBC services. Services are currently available to a select number of homes and businesses with services to be made available to the
entire area by mid-October.

HBC President and CEO, Dan Pecarina, said new customers will have access to the fastest Internet in the region.

“Our Cannon Falls customers are going to have access to our super-fast Internet with speeds of up to one Gigabit. In addition, they can enjoy vivid high-definition Video, and crystal-clear Phone service. We believe customers will be very pleased with the quality of our services and our superior, local, customer service.” he said.

HBC Internet service features speeds up to one Gigabit. HBC Video offers up to 350 channels including nearly 130 HD channels and local programming produced by HBC Studios. Phone service options include Unlimited Local and Long Distance Calling and other home phone options. Customers will be able to keep their current phone number upon switching services.

Anyone interested in HBC services is encouraged to call (888) 474-9995 to speak with a Customer Care Representative.

New Cannon Falls residential customers will be eligible for HBC’s Cornerstone program. Any customer choosing 100 Mbps Internet service will have the option of upgrading to Gigabit speeds with no increase to their monthly bill.

Company officials say a local HBC office in Cannon Falls will be open by the end of October.

 

HBC Services Now Available in New Trier

Winona, MN – Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc., (HBC) announces its high-speed broadband services are now available in New Trier.

HBC officials state that residents and businesses can now begin connecting to the state-of-the-art fiber-optic network. HBC President and CEO, Dan Pecarina, said New Trier customers will be able to enjoy the full range of the company’s services.

“We are excited to be able to provide our new customers access to super-fast Internet with speeds up to one Gigabit as well as high-definition Video, and crystal-clear Phone service. The service will truly be something they have not experienced before,” he said.

All three HBC services: Internet, Video, and Phone are available to New Trier residents. Internet service features speeds up to one Gigabit. HBC Video offers up to 350 channels including nearly 130 HD channels and local programming produced by HBC Studios. Phone service options include Unlimited Local and Long Distance Calling and other home phone options. Customers will be able to keep their current phone number upon switching services.

Anyone interested in HBC services is encouraged to call (888) 474-9995 to speak with a Customer Care Representative.

New Trier customers are also eligible for HBC’s Cornerstone program. Any customer choosing 100 Mbps Internet service will have the option of upgrading to Gigabit speeds with no increase to their monthly bill.

Construction of the high-speed HBC broadband network is currently underway in Miesville and Cannon Falls. Services will be available in those communities this fall.

HBC Acquires Riverland Communications’ Wireless Internet Operations

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.

 

 

 

HBC to Bring High-Speed Broadband to Cannon Falls

For Immediate Release (8/12/2016)

Cannon Falls, MN – Hiawatha Broadcast Communications, Inc. (HBC) has announced plans to bring high-speed broadband services to Cannon Falls.

HBC currently has a fiber-optic network in Cannon Falls and currently serves a number of businesses with high speed date. The company also has a data center located in the city, and last year, Cannon Falls became a major node on HBC’s fiber ring in southern Minnesota.

HBC president and CEO, Dan Pecarina, said “HBC has prepared to serve Cannon Falls for the past two years. Our Cannon Falls data center is now on our protected fiber optic ring. This will provide extremely reliable services to the homes and businesses including the fastest Internet, crystal clear Video and feature rich telephone.”

HBC will bring symmetrical Gigabit data services and telephone service to every home and business in Cannon Falls. In addition, HBC has applied for a cable franchise agreement and hope to receive approval to bring high quality TV and video services to residents.

“HBC is currently looking for office space in Cannon Falls to be used to provide local customer care and technical installation and support,” Pecarina said. “And as always, HBC expects to be a local business providing employment and being a great community partner.”

 

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 employees supporting, retail, wholesale, construction, business consulting, and Wizards Technical Support divisions in over 20 communities.

 

To schedule an interview, please contact David Dicke at ddicke@hbci.com or at (507) 474-5884.

 

Schaefer and Kronebusch to Take on New Leadership Roles at HBC, Inc.

Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc. (HBC) announces the promotions of Todd Schaefer to the position of Chief Information Officer and Jim Kronebusch to the position of Chief Technology Officer.

HBC President and CEO Dan Pecarina said he is pleased that Schaefer and Kronebusch have accepted their new leadership responsibilities. “As the company continues to grow, so does our focus on technology related details including product development, time to market, quality control, and research and development.  In their newly defined positions, Todd and Jim will keep HBC focused on these details.”

As Chief Information Officer, Schaefer will focus on increasing efficiencies of internal processes, collaborating with vendors, and aligning HBC technology with business priorities. Schaefer has over 24 years of experience in engineering and network operations and has been with HBC since 2011. Originally from New Ulm, MN, Schaefer is the proud father of five children.

In his new role as Chief Technology Officer, Kronebusch will oversee the implementation of technologies that enhance product development, while employing a technical strategy to provide a superior experience for HBC’s customers. He will also be responsible for HBC’s network operations and engineering teams. Kronebusch has been with HBC for 3 years.  He has 15 years of IT experience in the healthcare and education and has also owned his own IT consulting company. Kronebusch is a life-long Winona, MN resident, is married and has two children.

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Hiawatha Broadband Communications names Brummer as Renville-Sibley Cooperative General Manager

Winona, MN – Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc., (HBC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Toby Brummer as Renville-Sibley Fiber Cooperative (RS Fiber) General Manager.

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Toby Brummer

HBC CEO Dan Pecarina said, “Toby has all the qualities of the ideal General Manager. He has proven management and communications experience, has operated his own network construction company, and has performed nearly every job function in this industry. We are very fortunate to have Toby leading our team.”

“I am very excited to be a part of such a grassroots project that was really brought to the forefront by Renville and Sibley County residents who wanted to provide the best broadband opportunities possible for their friends and neighbors,” said Brummer. “They realize that the key to economic development, improvement of quality of life, and bringing new families to the area is being connected.”

RS Fiber Cooperative and HBC are working together to bring a new fiber network to Sibley County and portions of Renville, Nicollet, and McLeod Counties. The project will bring fiber-optic Internet, Video, and Phone services to ten cities and seventeen townships. Construction will be completed in two phases over the next five to six years with Phase One beginning the first week of June. The initial network construction phase is projected to cost $15 million.