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Another option for Internet service comes to Preston

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Progress Edition

HTC Connects Technician Barry Churchill holds a receiver used to capture HTC Connects signal for wireless internet service. Photo submitted

Most residential and commercial customers in Preston have been used to having two options for Internet service: Medicom and Centurylink.

Well, now there’s another option.

Historically, the Harmony Telephone Company has had great success with providing telephone and Internet service to the people of Harmony. About 11 years ago, Bluff Country Computer Works was established with a key team member, Barry Churchill.

With the collaborative insights brought together by the team at the Harmony Telephone Company, they launched HTC Connects, a wireless ISP (Internet Service Provider).

In October of 2012, HTC Connects was born with the first customer going online.

Currently, HTC Connects serves a total of 98 residential and 14 commercial customers in the area, and that number continues to grow each month.

In February of 2014, HTC Connects is expanding their services to Preston.

There are now 14 residential and five commercial customers in the Preston area.

“With our expansion into Preston, we can offer commercial and residential customers service from a local provider who understands their needs and challenges. With our years of experience in the internet industry and established customer service practices, we can provide a low cost, high speed internet alternative with great local service,” said Alissa Stelpflug.

For the future of this 70-year-old company, they are continuously reviewing options to expand their service into surrounding areas. While there are no specific areas planned at this time it is something they will review very regularly to determine if there is a need that can be met with the technology that is currently available.

They currently offer residential packages starting at $49.95 with 3 megabyte download and 1 megabyte upload speeds. They also have options with greater capacity starting at $129.95 for 20 megabyte download and 10 megabyte upload speeds. “If our advertised packages don’t meet the needs of a customer we are willing to work with the customer to create a customized solution that will fit their needs,” shared Alissa Stelpflug.

According to Barry Churchill, he is “Proud to be able to offer a service that people want that is reliable, fast and includes great, local customer service. I have been a technician for almost 11 years for HTC and we strive to prov .....
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A business that evolved on a foundation of family and community support

Mon, Jan 26th, 2015
Posted in Preston Progress Edition

Twenty years ago, Pam Ristau took a leap of faith on establishing her CPA firm in Preston, Minn. While that wasn’t her original plan when she first went to college at Gustavus Adolphus, it became more apparent in the years that followed. Her ..... 
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Preston business community anticipates veterans cemetery

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in Preston Progress Edition

After almost five years of planning, conversations, meetings, and congressional bill development and promotion, the community of Preston, Minn. is full of anticipation for the state veterans cemetery that will be fully developed in 2015. A veterans c ..... 
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