CTC recently mailed out capital credit allocation statements. CTC is a cooperative and this statement notifies you each year of the dividends you have earned during your membership. When deemed financially possible, CTC’s board of directors vote on allocation of dividend funds. This is for your records only, and no further action is required by the customer. Thank you!
We’re expecting our fall solar fade events next week as the sun crosses “behind” satellites causing some satellite dishes momentary blindness. The first outages are predicted to start on Monday October 7th and will be finished Friday October 11th. We expect that 5-10 minute outages for specific groups of channels will occur mid-day to late afternoon each day – the exact times will depend on the specific satellite. The outages are very temporary and should not impact your TV viewing very long or often.
Football season is right around the corner. The first Vikings preseason game is this Friday at 7:00. You can watch the Vikings vs. Houston on CTCTV channel 11 or in HD on channel 511.
Currently your HD channel lineup can be found on the 700 block of channels 700-799. These channels will be moved back to their usual 500 block this morning. IF you are able to reset you set top box by unplugging the power and plugging it back in, your channels should go back to the 500 block. The only HD channels that will stay in the 700’s from now on are 710 NFL Network, 767 Planet Green, 768 Science, 795 Turner Classic Movies, 799 Discovery Investigation.
Ballots for the election of directors will be mailed out shortly and should be returned by May 30, 2013. Candidates for directors include:
Following the Annual Membership Meeting, CTC will be holding our Community Picnic starting at noon. Families are welcome.
Compliments of Twin Valley Telephone http://www.twinvalley.net/lcr/
You might have experienced Least Cost Routing (LCR) if you have experienced any of the following:
The problem starts with the carrier used by the person who makes the call, not your local telecommunications provider. The problem can only be resolved by the carrier of the person who makes the call.
Rural areas are more expensive for these large carriers to serve because of lower population density. Certain providers that route the long-distance calls do not wish to incur these higher charges so they either refuse to
transport calls on certain rural telephone companies’ networks or they route the call in a way to try minimizing the cost.
Diagram (Click to Enlarge)
In layman’s terms, the carrier of the person who makes the call is trying to the find the absolute least cost to get the call from point A, the caller, to point B, you. Think of it like a car driving across the nation taking only back country roads to avoid paying tollways to use interstate. The end result is less than satisfactory. The call might be very poor quality by the time it has taken all those “back roads,” or worse, not get to you at all.
This nationwide epidemic is negatively affecting rural businesses, public safety, and our relationship with our customers. In other words, we’re just as frustrated as you are! Rural carriers have complained to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and state agencies. The FCC has created a task force to investigate and address this issue, and rural telco advocates are encouraging swift and severe action against all the providers who are the center of the problem.
HELP US HELP YOU FIGHT LEAST COST ROUTING!
We are hopeful that these large nationwide providers involved in these issues and the FCC will act quickly to address these problems and tighten the restrictions against these carriers who utilize Least Cost Routing. As a company we are fighting this, but we need your help. Every voice counts, and our state and national legislators need to know the depth of the issues involved with Least Cost Routing.
Consolidated Telecommunications Company (CTC) is accepting applications from members that are interested in joining the CTC Board of Directors for Director District 3- Mission, Outing and Director District 4 – Leader, Motley, Pillager, Staples.
Interested individuals must meet the following qualifications:
Members of the CTC Board of Directors are responsible for representing the Cooperative membership and for developing strategies, policies and objectives for the Cooperative.
Those interested in becoming a candidate for District 3 or 4 should contact our office at 218-454-1120 for an application.
Applications must be received by March 1, 2013.
CTC was recently interviewed by Lakeland Public TV concerning call completion issues and how it’s affecting rural America.