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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.

 

 

Partnership formed to meet fiber-optic service demands in Red Wing and Lake City

Red Wing, MN – Hiawatha Broadband Communications Inc. is proud to announce the selection of JCS Inc. of Shelvin, MN. http://www.jcsfiber.com as their fiber-to-the-premise installation partner during the rapid deployment of fiber-optic services to the residents’ of Red Wing and Lake City, MN.   Due to the overwhelming demand for HBC’s Video, Internet and Phone services throughout Red Wing and Lake City, HBC made the strategic decision to augment their installation force with professional partners from JCS Inc.  This new partnership dramatically increases HBC’s installation capacity across the two communities.

“JCS is an impressive professional organization with good folks who share our HBC mission to provide unparalleled personal service to our customers.  The JCS staff members are highly skilled and well-qualified.  HBC is proud to partner with them to meet our customers’ demands for superior advanced communications” says General Manager of HBC operations in Red Wing, Jerry Olson.  “We are working at an unprecedented pace that required us to seek a professional partner with the shared core values and vision that mirrors those of HBC, and we found that with JCS.”

HBC installation teams have deployed over 30,000 Video, Internet and Phone services over their leading-edge fiber-to-the-premise network since early 2012  “The demands for faster and more reliable Internet service and exceptional customer service in our communities is what is driving the rapid growth of our customer base, and our fiber-to-the-home network delivers that service” adds Olson.

Hiawatha Broadband Communications Inc. (HBC) is a southeastern Minnesota telecommunications service provider. The company delivers voice, video and data applications to a customer base that numbers more than 12,000.  

HBC’s roots are in a non-profit project begun in 1993, called Luminet. Luminet connected Winona education, healthcare and government institutions to extend the reach of teaching and learning. In 1997, the success of Luminet led to the formation of Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc. Today, HBC company operates in 16 markets with 40 percent of its stock owned by non-profit entities. 

For additional information, or to schedule and interview, please contact Jerry Olson at 651-327-2000 or jolson@exchange.hbci.com.

HBC progresses with US Ignite Initiative

Red Wing, MN – HBC, among 12 service providers included as charter members in the US Ignite initiative launched in June of 2012, is poised to participate in and benefit from the effort to develop a series of ultra-high-speed networks across the United States.   One of the key Ignite strategies is the creation of network communities that will facilitate the development of applications to operate on these networks of the future.

“We at US Ignite have big plans for working with HBC,” said US Ignite principal, Bill Wallace. “We do recognize how much you have already accomplished and how much you can add to our efforts going forward.”

HBC is small compared to many of the other participants, including AT&T, Verizon, and Comcast.  Despite its size, HBC has been recognized as one of the nation’s communications innovators.  Cerner, a health and wellness software management company, named Winona its medical software test-bed in 2000 because of the existence of the HBC network, and the authors of the National Broadband Plan turned to HBC as one of its key providers of expert advice.

As a participant in US Ignite, HBC will have access to the latest in communications technological developments. Some or all of the funding for these developments will be offset by the National Science Foundation, Mozilla Foundation, Mott Foundation and other foundations.

HBC will have access to applications that benefit education, health care, security, quality of life, advanced manufacturing, job skills training, public safety, and energy management.  Synergies among the partners of US Ignite will continue making advancements that will keep HBC at the leading edge of communications.

Hiawatha Broadband Communications Inc. (HBC) is a southeastern Minnesota telecommunications service provider. The company delivers voice, video and data applications to more than 12,000 customers.

HBC’s roots are in a non-profit project begun in 1993, called Luminet. Luminet connected Winona education, healthcare and government institutions in a successful effort to extend the reach of teaching and learning. In 1997, the success of Luminet led to the creation of Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc. Today, HBC operates in 16 markets.  Nearly 40 percent of its stock is owned by Winona not-for-profit entities.

HBC Red Wing Office Open for Business

Pictured Left to Right: Josh Ahlbrecht, Josh Kronebusch, Tom Dwelle, Cynthia Youmans, and Jerry Olson
Pictured Left to Right: Josh Ahlbrecht, Josh Kronebusch, Tom Dwelle, Cynthia Youmans, and Jerry Olson

Red Wing, MN – HBC is taking its corporate philosophy of “We Serve. We Connect. We Care.” to Red Wing.  Their new office is located at 2835 S. Service Drive, Suite 209. The fiber-optic network currently being constructed in Red Wing will provide leading-edge services to the entire city within the next year.  Over 700 locations in Red Wing are already eligible for fiber-optic TV, Internet and phone services. Community members are invited to visit the new office location or call (651) 327-2000 for information regarding service availability to their location.

“I like that HBC is a small local company focused on providing great service to our friends and neighbors,” said Jerry Olson, general manager for the Red Wing office.  Olson has been a Red Wing resident for almost 30 years.

Josh Ahlbrecht has lived in Red Wing for 18 years. “I love the local focus,” said Ahlbrecht, an HBC Wizard “and the family atmosphere.” HBC Wizards offer technical support and computer repair, sales and upgrade services.

Cynthia Youmans, a customer service representative, has lived in Red Wing for more than 30 years.  She enjoys serving HBC customers and making sure everyone does their best to “go the extra mile.”

Tom Dwelle, an HBC sales representative is a lifelong resident of Lake City who has been involved with business in Red Wing since 1985.  Dwelle is excited about HBC’s community involvement  “I like the idea of the local focus,” he said.  “As I continue to hear about the lack of service provided by the competition, our local connection is going to be very important.”

Hiawatha Broadband Communications (HBC) is a southeastern Minnesota service provider. The company delivers voice, video and data applications to a customer base that numbers more than 12,000.

HBC’s roots are in a non-profit project begun in 1993 and called Luminet. Luminet connected Winona education, health care and government and institutions to extend the reach of teaching and learning. In 1997, the success of Luminet led to the formation of HBC. Today, the company operates in 16 markets with 40 percent of its stock owned by non-profit entities.

If you have more questions, or would like to schedule an interview about this topic, please contact Jerry Olson at (651) 327-2805 or via email at jolson@exchange.hbci.com.

HBC completes first phase of Fiber Optic network, offers rural Internet access

Red Wing, MN – Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc. (HBC) has completed its first phase of construction of a fiber-optic network in Red Wing, MN, and is also offering rural broadband Internet service in the surrounding area.

HBC’s fiber-optic network is currently available to nearly 750 homes and businesses on the northwest side of Red Wing. Fiber-optic networks allow for more services and faster Internet speeds than traditional coaxial plants. The network construction will continue in Red Wing for the next few years, and will provide broadband access to virtually every location in Red Wing when completed.

HBC Air rural broadband Internet service is also expanding and offering service in surrounding areas. HBC Air is available in many communities near Red Wing, including Hagar City, Hay Creek, Stockholm and Lake City.

HBC is known for its state-of-the-art technology and devotion to customer service.  HBC offers a 30-day satisfaction guarantee and free local technical support. No installation fees or contracts are required.

HBC is a southeastern Minnesota service provider. The company delivers voice, video and data applications to a customer base that numbers more than 12,000.

HBC began in 1993 as a not-for-profit project called Luminet. Luminet connected Winona education, health care and government institutions to extend the reach of teaching and learning. In 1997, the success of Luminet led to the formation of HBC. Today, the company operates in 16 markets with 40 percent of its stock owned by non-profit entities.