Tag: fiber-optic

HBC Plans to Complete Fiber Cable Relocation Tonight

For Immediate Release (10/24/2018)

Winona, MN – Crews wrapped up the first night of work on the HBC fiber relocation project at around 4:30 am this morning. The remainder of the work involved will be completed tonight between the hours of 12:30 am and 5:00 am.

HBC Field Operations Manager, Dan Fortek, said last night’s work went as expected and without incident.

“Things went very well last night. While there was a minor equipment issue, everything we had hoped to accomplish last night was completed,” Fortek said. ”We are expecting to wrap up the remainder of the work tonight.”

HBC needs to transfer HBC customers from fiber-optic cables running through the Hardee’s block onto a new fiber-optic cable to facilitate construction of the Main Square Winona development project.



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.

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.