Looks like there are changes in the works for Lake Connections (the ARRA-recipient broadband provider in Lake County). According to the Lake County News Chronicle…
The Lake County Board unanimously approved a resolution to continue negotiations with Consolidated Telecommunications Co. (CTC) to take over operations and management of the county’s broadband project, Lake Connections.
This action signals the breakdown of contract talks with the Lake Communications Inc., the current management firm. The board was supposed to approve a new contract with LCI during a special meeting last week in Two Harbors but did not take action even though the current contract expired Nov. 1.
The resolution approved by the board said the county’s negotiating committee, which included commissioners Jeremy Hurd and Rick Goutermont as well as county administrator Matt Huddleston, could not come to an “acceptable agreement” with LCI and was able to reach a “tentative agreement on major terms of a new operations and management agreement” with CTC.
Added at 6:00 on Nov 10 – a press release from CTC…
CTC Signs Management Agreement with Lake County
Brainerd, MN – November 7, 2016 – Consolidated Telecommunications Company (CTC) announced a partnership with Lake County for the management of Lake Connections.
CTC who operates their own fiber optic network in the Brainerd Lakes Area has also worked with other rural telecommunication companies with the management and implementation of their networks.
“Lake Connections has a great network which offers so much value to the businesses and residents in the community. We look forward to working with Lake Connections on expanding their network and services. As a rural provider for 66 years, we have expansive knowledge and experience on our team and we feel we’re a great compliment to Lake Connections and their employees,” Stated Kevin Larson, CEO/General Manager of CTC.
“Our main objective is to get as many customers hooked up to fiber optics as quick as we can” states Joe Buttweiler, Partnership Development Manager at CTC. “We feel getting customers connected to High Speed Internet in the area is a priority for us.”
CTC will work with Lake Connections on Sales, Marketing, Accounting, Technical and Operations Management of the company.
Consolidated Telecommunications Company is a full-service telecommunications cooperative based in Brainerd, MN. Formed in 1952, CTC has grown into a complete communications provider offering telephone, high speed Internet, long distance, and digital television. In addition, the company also offers business IP phone solutions and complete IT services throughout Minnesota.