Tag: Winona

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 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 Inc. Welcomes Two New Sales Professionals

HBC announces the expansion of its sales team with the hiring of two Business and Residential Account Executives. Abe Heim and Joanie Gamoke began their new duties with the HBC Sales team this week.

“I’m very pleased that Abe and Joanie have joined our team at HBC,” said Sales Manager Tom Dwelle. “They are true professionals who will serve our customers well.” abe-joanie

Heim is from St. Charles and comes to HBC with a background in IT and sales. As Regional Account Executive, Heim will primarily be working with businesses and residents in the communities of Plainview, Elgin, Dover, and Eyota.

“I’m looking forward to assisting new and established businesses with their marketing goals,” said Heim. “I’m glad to have the opportunity to join the HBC team.” Heim is an animal lover and has a dog named “Doug”.

Gamoke comes to HBC with over 25 years of sales, marketing, and customer service experience. As a Regional Account Executive, she will be facilitating communication and video solutions for residents and businesses in the communities of Winona, Lewiston, Minnesota City, Stockton, Utica, Rollingstone, Wabasha, and Kellogg.

Gamoke said, “I’m happy to be joining the HBC team and I look forward to providing positive service solutions for all of our customers.”

Gamoke enjoys spending her free time with her family in and around Winona. She has five children and can be found cheering them on at their sporting events.


HBC Honored for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness

Eve Tahmincioglu
Families and Work Institute
(212) 465-2044

For Immediate Release  (05/21/13)

Winona, MN (May 22, 2013) – The Winona Area Chamber of Commerce announced yesterday the Winona area winners of the 2013 Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility for their exemplary workplace practices.

Given by Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management, the Sloan award recognizes employers that have distinguished themselves in Minnesota and across the country. Winners are identified through a rigorous selection process, which involves an evaluation of employers’ flexibility programs and practices (from telecommuting to job sharing to phased retirement programs) and a confidential employee survey.

The Winona Area Chamber of Commerce is the official host of the awards in Winona, MN.

“These employers are leaders in leveraging flexibility strategies to attract and keep the best talent. They experience first-hand the benefits that an effective and flexible workplace has on their employees, organizational culture and bottom line,” says Kelly Sakai-O’Neill, senior manager of applied research at Families and Work Institute.

An initiative of Families and Work Institute (FWI) and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), the Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility are part of When Work Works, a national project to educate the business community on the value of workplace effectiveness and flexibility.

Award winners will be featured in the next edition of the Guide to Bold New Ideas for Making Work Work. Information about innovative workplace practices also will be showcased at a national work-life conference and be included in business education programming by FWI and SHRM.


About When Work Works
When Work Works is a national initiative, led by the partnership of Families and Work Institute and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), to help businesses of all sizes and types become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces. When Work Works is one of the foremost providers of resources, rigorous research and best practices on workplace effectiveness and flexibility in the nation. The initiative administers the prestigious Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Excellence in Workplace Effectiveness and Flexibility annually, which recognize exemplary employers for using flexibility as an effective workplace strategy to increase business and employee success. Visit www.whenworkworks.org and follow us on Twitter @FWINews and @SHRMPress, and join the workflex conversation on Facebook.com/FWINews.

About HBC
HBC (Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc.) is a Winona-based company that was formed in 1997. HBC evolved as a successor to an innovative not-for-profit education initiative that connected the Winona community’s educational institutions to a fiber-optic network and transformed teaching and learning via the Internet.

Today, HBC helps foster economic advancement in communities throughout Minnesota with world-class fiber-optic technology for television, Internet and telephone services. More than 30% of the stock in HBC is owned by Winona area not-for-profit institutions. Anonymous benefactors purchased the stock for the community’s schools as the new HBC was organized, and it is just one important indicator of HBC’s commitment to “people before profit.”

For additional information, or to schedule an interview, please contact Rochelle Pervisky at (507) 474-5870 or rpervisky@exchange.hbci.com.

HBC Welcomes New Human Resources Generalist

For Immediate Release  (03/07/13)

Winona, MN – Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc. is pleased to introduce Brandon McQuinn. Brandon is joining the HBC team as a Human Resources Generalist.

McQuinn comes from an immense HR background, graduating from Southeastern Technical College in 2003 with a Supervisory Management AAS degree and from Winona State University in 2008 with both a B.S. in Human Resource Management and a B.S. in Business Administration. Prior to joining the HBC team, McQuinn served as a Human Resource Coordinator at Sodexo-University of Wisconsin La Crosse.


“I am looking forward to being a partner and team member at HBC,” says McQuinn. “Being from Winona, I am interested in learning more about the behind the scenes of HBC and contributing to a fast-paced growing company.”

“We are very excited that Brandon has decided to join our HR team!” says Rochelle Pervisky, VP of Human Resources and Regulatory “with the continued growth of HBC and our ever expanding job force, his experience and expertise are a welcomed addition!”

Hiawatha Broadband Communications Inc. (HBC) is a southeastern Minnesota telecommunications service provider. The company delivers Video, Internet and Phone services 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 operates in 16 markets with 40 percent of its stock owned by non-profit entities.

For additional information, or to schedule an interview, please contact Rochelle Pervisky at (507) 474-5870 or rpervisky@exchange.hbci.com.