April 4, 2017– Recently federal legislation was passed allowing Internet Service Providers, such as BEVCOMM to sell customers’ web browsing history to third party vendors. BEVCOMM would like to assure customers we do not and will not collect and sell their personal web browsing history.
“We have and will continue to protect the privacy of our subscribers. We value their business and appreciate customers place their trust in us as their broadband provider. We have never tracked web browsing history and have no plans to do so in the future regardless of what the rules and regulations allow,” comments BEVCOMM CEO, Bill Eckles.
January 11, 2017- Great news for BEVCOMM and many broadband providers in Minnesota!! Lt. Governor Tina Smith and the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) today announced grants totaling $34 million for 42 broadband infrastructure projects that will provide 16,627 households, 2,240 businesses, and 71 community institutions across Minnesota access to reliable, affordable high-speed internet. The new state funding will help level the playing field for households and businesses in Greater Minnesota by providing them access the same opportunities available to urban area residents.
BEVCOMM has been awarded nearly $650,000 for the following expansion projects. Thank you MN Office of Broadband and all who support us!
• Granada Telephone Co. (dba BEVCOMM), South Rural Granada – $157,920. This project will serve 26 unserved households and 14 unserved businesses in the rural Granada area in Martin County. Granada Telephone will provide advanced broadband services to farms and residences in the area. The total eligible project cost is $394,800, with a $236,880 investment from BEVCOMM.
• Blue Earth Valley Telephone Co. (dba BEVCOMM), Rural Winnebago – $152,828. This project will serve 18 unserved households (including farms), 8 unserved businesses, 2 underserved households and three underserved businesses in rural Winnebago in Faribault County. Blue Earth Valley Telephone will improve services that will help livestock and grain farmers in the region. The total eligible project cost is $382,070, with a $229,242 investment from BEVCOMM.
• Cannon Valley Telecom Inc. (dba BEVCOMM), Rural Freeborn – $150,700. This project will serve 10 unserved households, six unserved businesses, nine underserved households and six underserved businesses in the rural Freeborn area in Freeborn County. The Cannon Valley Telecom project will improve access to health care and education. The total eligible project cost is $376,750, with a $226,050 investment from BEVCOMM.
• Eckles Telephone Co. (dba BEVCOMM), Rural Heidelberg – $188,000. This project will serve 51 unserved households, seven unserved businesses, 40 underserved households and four underserved businesses in rural Heidelberg in Le Sueur County. Eckles Telephone Co. will build a network that will enable farmers to access applications and tools to make their operations more efficient and enhance crop production. The project also will improve access to health care and education. The total eligible project cost is $470,000, with a $282,000 investment from BEVCOMM.
August 31, 2016 - Crosslake, MN - Tri-Co Technologies, the partnership comprised of Emily Cooperative Telephone Company, West Central Telephone Association and BEVCOMM is pleased to announce they have closed on the purchase of Crosslake Communications as of the end of the day August 31st.
The partnership will continue to operate using the name Crosslake Communications and the local office will stay open. The existing employees of Crosslake Communications will be hired by Emily Cooperative Telephone Company, which will be providing management services.
Josh Netland, Emily Cooperative Telephone Company General Manager and President of Tri-Co Technologies said, “We are honored to be given the chance to become part of the Crosslake community. We look forward to working with the city and our new customers to bring more advanced telecommunications services to Crosslake. The partners have a long history of putting the customer first and we look forward to continuing this tradition in Crosslake.”
Crosslake, MN, May 31, 2016 –The City of Crosslake approved the sale of Crosslake Communications to Tri-Co Technologies (TCT) on Monday, May 23, 2016. TCT is a partnership of three Minnesota-based telecommunications companies; BEVCOMM, headquartered in Blue Earth, MN, West Central Telephone Association (WCTA), headquartered in Sebeka, MN and Emily Cooperative Telephone Company (ECTC), of Emily, MN.
The companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which TCT will acquire Crosslake Communications later this summer pending state and federal approval.
All of the existing employees will be hired by partner-company, Emily Cooperative Telephone Company, which will be managing the day to day operations.
Josh Netland, General Manager of ECTC and President of TCT commented, “We consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to serve these new communities. The three partners have over 220 years combined history of bringing technology to small rural communities. We consider it to be our responsibility to make sure the communities we serve are never left behind.”
Tri-Co Technologies is a partnership of Minnesota-based BEVCOMM, West Central Telephone Association and Emily Cooperative Telephone Company committed to bringing advanced fiber-to-the-premise technologies to the Crosslake community.
Nov 20, 2015 - ST. PAUL – Lt. Governor Tina Smith and the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) today announced that $11 million in grants have been awarded for projects to expand broadband access in 15 Greater Minnesota communities. Lt. Governor Smith made the announcement at the Blandin Foundation’s “Border to Border Broadband: Better Together” Conference, “We need border-to-border broadband Internet access to build an economy that works for all Minnesotans,” said Lt. Governor Tina Smith. “Broadband Internet access isn’t just nice, it’s necessary for Minnesota businesses to grow and our students to thrive. While these grants are a good start, significant need remains.”
This broadband funding was awarded under DEED’s Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program, which Governor Mark Dayton signed into law in May 2014. This year, DEED received 44 applications for funding, totaling more than $29 million in requests. Recipients were selected based on an internal review and scoring process.
The latest round of broadband grants will improve access to high-speed broadband for 3,222 households, 786 businesses and nearly 90 community institutions throughout the state.
“By gaining access to broadband, these rural communities will increase economic development, improve living standards and enhance education and public services,” said DEED Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben. “While we are pleased to assist in the development of these projects, there are many other communities waiting to receive access to high speed Internet and additional resources are urgently needed."
Now in its second year, the program’s first round of funding awarded $19.4 million to 17 Greater Minnesota communities in February of this year.
BEVCOMM Cannon Valley Telecom, Rural Freeborn Fiber-to-the-Premises Project, $149,625
The project will build out broadband infrastructure to provide high-speed Internet service to 43 households and one business in rural Freeborn in south-central Minnesota’s Freeborn County. Total project costs are $393,750. BEVCOMM will cover the remaining $244,125 (62 percent local match).
Community and Economic Development Impact: The project will support various home-based businesses, stimulate economic growth, and encourage innovation and investment. Education, health care, energy efficiency and public safety will improve with high-speed Internet access. The greatest economic development potential of the project will be in crop and livestock production, including advancement in bin monitoring systems, livestock feed and environment monitoring, security, video surveillance and energy management.
BEVCOMM Blue Earth Valley Telephone, Rural Winnebago Fiber-to-the-Premises Project, $142,690
The project will provide high-speed Internet service to 30 unserved households and farms in rural Winnebago in Faribault County in south-central Minnesota. T otal project costs are $375,500. BEVCOMM will cover the remaining $232,810 (62 percent local match).
Community and Economic Development Impact: The project will stimulate home-based businesses, economic growth, and innovation and investment. Education, health care, energy efficiency and public safety will improve with high-speed Internet access. The greatest economic development potential will be in local crop and livestock production. Broadband investments will enable area farmers to access applications and tools to make their operations more efficient and enhance their crop production. A second benefit will be better health care, especially in emergency situations. First responders, paramedics and rural doctors will be able to share medical information and start vital treatment to a patient while an ambulance is en route to the hospital.
August 1, 2015 - BEVCOMM announces immediate availability of unlimited Gigabit Internet speeds in New Prague, MN. Extremely fast Internet at speeds up to 1,000 Mbps and 100 times faster than the Internet speed in a typical U. S. household. At $139.95 per month residential households with a fiber to the home connection can connect to incredible speeds, with no data limits.
“As demands and customer expectations for faster speeds increase, we are continually looking for solutions that help meet that demand and keep our community on the cutting edge,” states Exchange Manager, Dirk Berger, “Our fiber to the home network in New Prague makes Gig connections possible. Fiber is future proof, a technology that dramatically changes the way users connect with their world. We are excited to offer such amazing speeds at an affordable rate.” He continues, “With a Gig you can do absolutely anything and everything online with virtually no limitation---watch movies, videos, game, chat, shop, telecommute and more; and with many devices all on the same connection.”
December 21, 2012 - It has been announced that BEVCOMM, headquartered in Blue Earth, MN, has acquired from Hector Communications, the Granada Telephone Company, Hager Telecom, Indianhead Telephone Company, and Pine Island Telephone Company.
The companies have entered into a definitive agreement under which BEVCOMM will acquire ownership of each company on January 1, 2013. When the acquisition completes, BEVCOMM will serve the communities of Granada, Pine Island, and Oronoco, located in Minnesota, and Hager City, Bay City, Weyerhaeuser, Exeland, and Radisson, located in Wisconsin. Each local office will remain open, and all existing employees will become employees of BEVCOMM.
Bill Eckles, CEO of BEVCOMM, commented, “We consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to serve these new communities. BEVCOMM has a 120 year history of bringing technology to small rural communities. We consider it to be our responsibility to make sure the communities we serve are never left behind.”
BEVCOMM provides local Telephone, High Speed Internet, Digital TV, and Business Solution Services in Blue Earth, Bricelyn, Delavan, Easton, Elmore, Freeborn, Frost, Guckeen, Granada, Huntley, Kiester, Minnesota Lake, Morristown, New Prague, Warsaw, Wells, Winnebago, and Stevens, IA.
It is BEVCOMM’s mission to provide cutting-edge technology, high quality products and services, exceptional customer service, as well as fair and competitive rates.
Blue Earth, MN, July 23, 2015– BEVCOMM, a Blue Earth based telecommunications company, announced today it has acquired VoiceNet Technologies, a Twin City business communications company located in Eagan. The acquisition expands BEVCOMM’s business voice, IT and surveillance services in the Twin Cities market.
“We’re excited to have completed the acquisition of VoiceNet Technologies, says BEVCOMM Business Solutions President, Jake Anderson. “This will accelerate our growth plan and provide a base for BEVCOMM in the metro market. Our new partnership allows BEVCOMM the opportunity to provide excellent customer service and additional customer choice for specialized business communication and managed IT solutions in the Twin Cities area.”
Chip Sullivan, former President and partner of VoiceNet Technologies, now with BEVCOMM, says, “I am thrilled to be joining BEVCOMM and having a much larger team to support the activity in this area.”
BEVCOMM is a fourth generation, family owned telecommunications company providing state of the art service for more than 120 years. With a strong commitment to its communities, BEVCOMM has more than 100 local employees offering responsive customer service throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin. BEVCOMM Business Solutions provides business telephone systems, hospitality phone systems, video surveillance, managed IT, web solutions, and data cabling & networking.
About VoiceNet Technologies
VoiceNet Technology is a 20 year old company specializing in software development of telephone based Interactive Voice Response solutions; Consulting Services, and a reseller of Vertical Communication Inc.
July 8, 2015 - BEVCOMM invests in a state-of-the-art fiber optic network that will connect households in Minnesota Lake to a Gigabit network. In August BEVCOMM will begin the first phase of a multi-year fiber to the home construction project. “We will focus first on the area west of Main Street from Lake Avenue West to 5th Avenue West,” states Exchange Manager, Scott Linde. (See details on map for the 2015 project).
Fiber optics allow for tremendous bandwidth capacity and can easily transmit super-fast Internet, high-definition television, and crystal clear telephone services with plenty of capacity still available for future applications.
“As demands and customer expectations for new and advanced services increase, we are continually looking for solutions that help meet that demand and keep our community on the cutting edge,” states Linde. “Fiber offers many benefits to the customer including incredible Gigabit High Speed Internet, increased reliability, future flexibility, and cost efficiency. We make this investment because we believe it will contribute to the economic vitality of our community and allow us to serve our customers with the greatest communication services available today."
The fiber to the home project makes Gig connections possible. A Gigabit connection is 100 times faster than the Internet speed in a typical US household. With a Gig connection from BEVCOMM you will quickly enjoy a big difference in your online experience.
- Download an HD TV show in 3 seconds
- Download 25 songs in 1 second
- Download an HD movie in 36 seconds
- Download 100 digital pictures in 3 seconds
Construction in Minnesota Lake will begin in August. Subscribers in Minnesota Lake can expect progression throughout the community over the next several years.
OCTOBER 8, 2014, BLUE EARTH, MN – BEVCOMM has forged a partnership with five other Minnesota telephone companies, an Iowa provider and Sioux Falls, SD based SDN Communications to create better and more affordable network connectivity and Internet services for regional businesses.
The interconnected network will stretch from the US Highway 212 corridor to northern Iowa and from Sioux Falls to Rochester. The territory will include Twin Cities suburbs and other major markets such as Mankato and Rochester.
“This partnership makes BEVCOMM part of something bigger which will provide the network solutions and efficiencies business’s will need ,” says BEVCOMM CEO/President Bill Eckles.
The Minnesota and Iowa companies invited SDN to interconnect and manage the partnership because of its experience doing the same for its owners, the independent telephone companies of South Dakota.
SDN’s network already serves all of South Dakota for business-to-business broadband services with 30,000 miles of fiber optics. That network reaches into seven surrounding states, including metropolitan areas, such as Minneapolis, Omaha, Chicago, Fargo, Denver and Cheyenne.
The partners (and headquarters) include:
BEVCOMM is a fourth generation, family-owned telecom company and technology provider headquartered in Blue Earth, Minnesota. It maintains a history rooted in telephone service, providing dial-tone service and unified communications infrastructures to communities throughout Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa for more than 115 years.
BEVCOMM is positioned to provide the reliable legacy services of today, with the innovative services of tomorrow. From local and long distance telephone service to high-speed Internet access, Digital TV, and customized business services, BEVCOMM offers a wide range of communications solutions. Originally founded in 1895, and currently employing 104 people, BEVCOMM is one of the largest locally-owned telecommunications companies in Minnesota. BEVCOMM is headquartered in Blue Earth, and has offices in Minnesota Lake, Morristown, New Prague, Pine Island, Wells, & Winnebago, MN as well as Hager City and Weyerhaeuser, WI.
About SDN Communications
SDN is a coalition of South Dakota’s independent telephone companies – cooperatives, family, municipal, and tribal-owned companies. They joined their independent networks in 1989 and created SDN as a hub to deliver long distance choice to the telephone companies’ largely rural customer base. Today that same statewide fiber footprint allows file sharing and Internet traffic for business and government. In fact, SDN provides Internet not only to South Dakota state government offices, but also to virtually all public K-12 schools and state universities. Its network now reaches into eight states serving businesses in many sectors, but specializing in banking, health care, manufacturing, government, and education. SDN also offers Managed Services including routers, firewalls and remote network monitoring. Learn more at
September 8, 2014---BEVCOMM invests in state-of-the-art fiber optic network that will connect residential homes and businesses in Pine Island and Oronoco, MN. Fiber optics allow for tremendous bandwidth capacity and can easily transmit super-fast Internet, high-definition television, and crystal clear telephone services with plenty of capacity still available for future applications.
“As demands and customer expectations for new and advanced services increase, we are continually looking for solutions that help meet that demand and keep our community on the cutting edge,” states BEVCOMM CEO, Bill Eckles, “Fiber offers many benefits to the customer including superior bandwidth, increased reliability, future flexibility, and cost efficiency. We make this investment because we believe it will contribute to the economic vitality of our community and allow us to serve our customers with the greatest communication services available today."
Construction in Pine Island began earlier this summer. Ground breaking in Oronoco is planned for fall of 2014. Expect progression with both fiber projects over the next several years.
BEVCOMM announced a pledge of $100,000 to the Pine Island Public School District to enhance technology in the school system, provided the upcoming bond referendum is approved. “This is our way of offering support for the new school facility in Pine Island,” says Bill Eckles, BEVCOMM’s President and CEO.
“The importance of maintaining our school systems is vital to the future of the county. Innovative technology and broadband connections are the building blocks of a digital learning environment. Broadband powers a learning environment for both students and teachers which promote success and achievement,” stated Bill Eckles. “The latest in technology in a new facility supports a commitment to the future, attracting new families and new businesses to the area.”
12/1/2012 WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar today called the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take action to strengthen rural phone service. Currently, some phone providers refuse to connect calls to customers served by small rural carriers, hurting local businesses and consumers. In a bipartisan letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Klobuchar and 35 other senators called on the FCC to take swift action to restore quality service in rural areas to resolve call completion problems and work to preserve the basic integrity of the nation’s communications network.
“Call completion problems have serious economic consequences throughout rural America,” Klobuchar said in the letter. “During this difficult economic period, small businesses cannot afford to lose business opportunities because of dropped calls and poor service quality. These problems have continued for far too long and it is only a matter of time before this situation leads to tragedy when a rural customer is unable to receive an urgent call. Small business owners and people living in rural areas are rightfully frustrated and deserve a resolution to these problems.”
Many rural areas suffer from inadequate and unreliable phone service and an increasing number of consumers experience calls that fail to complete, are delayed, have poor voice quality, lack caller ID information, or are never connected because some originating providers refuse to connect calls to customers served by small rural carriers.
A study conducted by the National Exchange Carrier Association in April concluded that call failure rates and instances of poor voice quality were significantly higher in rural areas compared to their non-rural counterparts across all call originating platforms.
Sen. Klobuchar is a member of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet, which has oversight of the Federal Communications Commission and is a leader in the Senate advocating for the deployment of advanced communications networks to rural America.
Summer is nearly over and students will trade in their beach towels for back packs as they gear up for a new school year. While most children anticipate heading back to school, some parents worry about juggling the cost of school supplies with the family budget. With this in mind, BEVCOMM will distribute FREE school supplies in their first, Back to School - FREE School Supply Event! BEVCOMM Employees and student volunteers packed 2,00 bags to be distributed to students in telephone serving areas.
Stop by any local BEVCOMM office from August 1st - August 31st and pick-up FREE school supplies for children in grades Kindergarten thru 5th Grade. School supply bags are packaged with pencils, erasers, glue, scissors, pencil bags, notebooks and more. Supplies are limited and will be issued on a first come, first serve basis.
July 2012 - BEVCOMM announced a pledge of $100,000 to the United South Central School District to enhance technology in the new school, provided the upcoming bond referendum is approved on August 14th. “This is our way of offering support for the new school facility in Wells” says Bill Eckles, BEVCOMM’s President and CEO.
“The importance of maintaining our school systems is vital to the future of Faribault County. Innovative technology and broadband connections are the building blocks of a digital learning environment. Broadband powers a learning environment for both students and teachers which promote success and achievement,” stated Bill Eckles. “The latest in technology in a new facility supports a commitment to the future, attracting new families and new businesses to our area.”
BEVCOMM has 85 employees and provides local Telephone, High Speed Internet, Digital TV and Business Solution Services in Blue Earth, Bricelyn, Delavan, Easton, Elmore, Freeborn, Frost, Guckeen, Granada, Huntley, Kiester, Minnesota Lake, Morristown, New Prague, Warsaw, Wells, Winnebago, and parts of Dakota County, MN.
January 26, 2011 - BEVCOMM’s recent upgrade in Wells, Winnebago, Freeborn, Delavan, Easton, Frost, and Bricelyn provides new service to customers. Never miss your favorite programming again with Digital Video Recording (DVR) from BEVCOMM TV. DVR allows you to watch TV on your own schedule with just a push of a button; you can record one program or an entire season. Along with the power to fast-forward and rewind, you can pause live TV until you're ready to start watching. You can even watch one program while recording another.
BEVCOMM’s local customer service representatives and technicians in Wells are ready to serve your communication needs. BEVCOMM offers Digital TV, High Speed Internet, and phone services in Bricelyn, Delavan, Easton, Freeborn, Frost, Wells, and Winnebago.
October 1, 2010 ---BEVCOMM’s recent Digital TV upgrade in Kiester provides new services to customers. Along with the addition of the Travel Channel (ch 59), RFDtv (Ch 226), and Reelz Channel (Ch 292), BEVCOMM TV offers High-Definition TV (HDTV) and Digital Video Recording (DVR) to subscribers in the City of Kiester.
HDTV features a sharper, wider, and truly life-like picture, plus high-quality Dolby Digital surround sound. Watch full-screen versions of much loved movies, catch the amazing detail of your favorite sports broadcast, experience the true color detail of scenery in geographical programming, and documentaries. BEVCOMM TV currently offers 26 channels in High-Definition in Kiester including local broadcast networks (KAAL HD, KMSP HD, KARE HD, KEYC HD), Animal Planet HD, National Geographic HD, Lifetime Movie Network HD, Food Network HD, Travel Channel HD, ESPN HD, Fox Sports North HD, Big Ten Network, and much more. Visit www.bevcomm.net to view the full HDTV lineup.
Never miss your favorite programming again with DVR from BEVCOMM TV. DVR allows you to watch TV on your own schedule with just a push of a button; you can record one program or an entire season. Along with the power to fast-forward and rewind, or pause live TV until you're ready to start watching. Even watch one show while recording another.
BEVCOMM TV’s delivery platform in Bricelyn and Frost, Internet Protocol Television (IPTV), offers similar features delivered through a broadband connection. Subscribers in Bricelyn and Frost have their own extensive list of HD channels with DVR services arriving soon.
With offices in Blue Earth and Wells, BEVCOMM employs numerous local customer service representatives and technicians ready to service your communication needs. BEVCOMM offers Broadband and Digital TV services in Kiester and Broadband, Digital TV, and Voice services in Bricelyn and Frost.
August 1, 2010 - BEVCOMM’s continued investment in a state-of-the-art fiber optic network will connect residential homes in New Prague. At no additional charge, BEVCOMM customers will be upgraded to the finest communication technology available today.
Due to the tremendous bandwidth available over a fiber connection, BEVCOMM will deliver telephone, digital television with many enhanced features, and even faster Internet speeds to your home. In addition to these exceptional services, a fiber connection provides added bandwidth allowing for future technological developments.
When asked about the decision to invest in a fiber network, BEVCOMM Exchange Manager, Dirk Berger states, "We make this investment because we believe it will contribute to the economic vitality of our community and allow us to serve our customers with the greatest communication services available today." BEVCOMM will invest $7 million dollars in the community of New Prague with its Fiber to the Home construction project.
Construction began in the summer of 2009 and is expected to continue through 2011. "You may have noticed an increased presence of BEVCOMM vehicles in your neighborhood," states Berger, "a BEVCOMM technician will make a personal visit to each and every home to obtain permission for construction as well as answer any questions you may have in regards to the project."
For more information about BEVCOMM’s Fiber to the Home project, stop by the local office or call 952-758-2501.