Tag: Winona MN

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.

Just in Time for the Holiday Weekend, HBC Launches “Community Wi-Fi”

Winona, MN – Hiawatha Broadband Communications (HBC) announced today it has launched Community Wi-Fi within select locations of the HBC service area.

HBC President/General Manager Dan Pecarina says Community Wi-Fi is an extension of HBC’s commitment to the communities HBC serves.

“We are very excited to be able to offer Community Wi-Fi to not only our current Customers, but also to the community as a whole. Access to Internet is essential for everyone today and Community Wi-Fi allows users to check email, download files, stream music and movies, all of those things.”

The service is accessible by any wireless and mobile Internet ready-device by selecting the “HBC_Community_WiFi” network on your smartphone or other devices. The service is free for HBC Customers and available to the general public for a small fee. Current HBC Customers may simply log in using their billing email address and HBC account number. Non HBC Customers can purchase Wi-Fi access online for an hour, a day, or a week at a time.

For now, HBC Community WiFi will be available in Winona’s Lake Park and Levee Park, in Lake City at Camp Lacupolis and the Lake City Marina, and at Whippoorwill Campground in Kellogg.

Learn more about HBC’s Community WiFi service and how to log in here.

HBC and Calix: Working Together to Provide Broadband Solutions

For the past several years, Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc. (HBC) and Calix have teamed up to find innovative solutions to deliver the best service to our customers.  Follow the link below to learn how this partnership is providing better broadband service to your home.





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 Fence Part of Community Art Project

Winona, MN – The fence surrounding the Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc. (HBC) facility is now part of an ongoing community art project with a communication theme.

062816-mural-dedicationThe project features painted murals depicting “The History of Communication” hung on the fence along Main Street in Winona, leading to Levee Park. The first of the mural panels were hung and dedicated during a ceremony June 29.

The project had been in the works for many years, originating with a conversation between then HBC CEO Gary Evans and the River Arts Alliance.

So far five panels have been completed with each showing the evolution of how people communicated. The panels were painted by local community members during an event last spring. A second series of mural panels will be created at an upcoming community art day.

For the project, HBC erected a new fence from which to hang the artwork, and purchased the aluminum framing for the mural panels. A river-themed sculpture accompanies the murals. The sculpture elements were hand-crafted from canoe and kayak scraps donated by Wenonah Canoe. Fastenal donated the hardware that holds the artwork to the fence, and the mural frames were fabricated by Winona Welding.

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 17 communities. 

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