Serving 16 communities with a Fiber driven network just outside the Fort Dodge, Iowa area: Pilot Mound, Boxholm, Lanyon, Paton, Churdan, Farnhamville, Gowrie, Somers, Moorland, Knierim, Barnum, Clare, Thor, Badger, Vincent, and Duncombe.
Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association was incorporated in 1954 and currently has approximately 3300 members from 16 communities in rural north central Iowa. As a cooperative it is locally based, owned by all its members, and at a reasonable cost provides the best possible service to all of its subscribers. WCCTA is diversifying services through other new and exciting ventures as well as utilizing the latest digital switching and Fiber To The Home (FTTH) technology to deliver advanced telecommunications, IPTV, and high speed Internet access to the entire service area.
Webster-Calhoun is a cooperative. When the cooperative is successful the members are successful, too. What does that mean? You are a member of the cooperative by having local telephone service. Members choose who serve on the Board of Directors to make the decisions for the cooperative. You can learn more about the cooperative by attending the Annual Meeting of Members held annually in March.
Each year any profits from the cooperative are allocated to members. Members receive an annual allocation notice with the updated total of funds allocated to their account.
Each year the Board of Directors determines if any funds allocated to members will be paid out in the form of capital credit dividends.
WCCTA Named Certified Gig-Capable Provider
Increasing broadband in our rural area is a national initiative and by becoming a Certified Gig-Capable provider, WCCTA is staying in touch with the needs of the residents and businesses in their sixteen community area.
As Certified Gig-Capable Providers, these companies join a national campaign spearheaded by NTCA to build awareness and industry recognition of community-based telecom providers that have built communications
networks capable of delivering Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which is 100 times faster than those currently available in many U.S. households.
“I applaud Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Association for its commitment to delivering the Internet’s fastest speeds—an accomplishment worthy of much praise considering the unique and challenging circumstances small, community-based telecommunications providers operate under every day in serving some of our country’s most rural and remote communities,” said NTCA Chief Executive Officer Shirley Bloomfield. “By building a gigabit-capable network, WCCTA has not only overcome these challenges, but also shattered conventional benchmarks for broadband speed to enable cutting-edge technologies that drive innovation and promote economic development in their communities, region and nationwide.” To achieve certification, telecommunications companies must show that gigabit technology is currently commercially available within 95% of one or more exchanges within its serving territory and that such service can be provided without new trenching or stringing new aerial facilities. This statement must be confirmed by a letter from an engineering firm or other independent source involved in the company’s network planning, deployment or operation.
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