ABOUT US - COOPERATIVE
Serving rural 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 with new investments in 2020 into Lohrville, Manson, Rockwell City and Lake City!
WCCTA currently serves 16 communities and is growing 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.
WHAT IS A COOPERATIVE?
Webster-Calhoun Cooperative Telephone Association was incorporated in 1954, an at its core, began as a telephone service because no other companies wanted to serve rural areas because it was too expensive. Locals banded together to create a cooperative to provide the service and the rest is history.
Each time you subscribe to one of WCCTA's services, you are not just becoming a customer; you are actually making an investment in a company you and your neighbors actually own. Once the operating costs and reinvestment in your co-op have been met, the Board of Directors refunds the remaining money to the members in the form of Capital Credits. The amount refunded varies from year to year.
WHO ARE COOPERATIVE MEMBERS?
Customers in the Gowrie, Pilot Mound, Boxholm, Lanyon, Paton, Churdan, Farnhamville, Somers, Moorland, Knierim, Clare, Barnum, Thor, Badger, Vincent, and Duncombe telephone exchanges are considered members of the cooperative.
With the investment in Fiber to the Home beginning in 2020, customers in Lohrville, Manson, Rockwell City, and Lake City will not be considered a member of the cooperative until a reasonable return on investment is gained. The Board of Directors will re-evaluate in the future.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Cooperative members elect each representative on the Board of Directors. Their job is to oversee the local operation of your cooperative and protect your investment.
Each year anyone that did qualifying business with Webster-Calhoun receives a "Patronage Notice." This notice shows the total amount of dollars allocated, or set aside, and will be returned to you at a later date. This includes the previous calendar year and totals from other years yet retired.
In order to operate the business, capital credits remain with the cooperative for a certain amount of time before they are returned to the members. Rural cooperatives, like any other business, must have some money on hand to provide current operating funds and to invest in facilities. When dividends are declared, capital credit checks are issued to account holders.
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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