Celebrate Alpine’s 20th Anniversary

On April 10, 1997, Alpine Communications was born as a new local exchange carrier delivering local and long distance service to the former US West exchanges of Elgin, Elkader, Garber/Elkport, Garnavillo, Guttenberg, Marquette/McGregor, and Moorhead, Iowa. The telecommunications industry and technology advancements have drastically changed in 20 years, and the rapid rate of change isn’t slowing down anytime soon!  Alpine Communications has grown as a company, invested in our infrastructure and technology, and given back to the communities we serve.

Here is a look back at the highlights of the past 20 years:

  • August 1997 – began offering local dial-up internet access to northeast Iowa
  • November 1997 – installed new digital switching equipment
  • October 2000 – introduced high-speed internet (DSL)
  • March 2001 – became our own Internet Service Provider with @alpinecom.net email
  • June 2001 – opened new plant office in the Johnson Industrial Park, Elkader
  • March 2003 – moved all customer service operations to Elkader with the opening of the Customer Service Center
  • February 2004 – closed the Des Moines office and moved all corporate functions and management positions to Elkader
  • September 2004 – established the Alpine Communications Charitable Giving Program. We have since donated more than $150,000 to local non-profit organiations through grants, donations, and in-kind contributions
  • September 2005 – held first annual Customer Appreciation Dinner in Elkader and served 1000 customers
  • December 2006 –  announced the construction of the state-of-the-art fiber to the home network, dubbed the Fusion Network, in Elkader and Guttenberg, IA beginning summer 2007
  • April 2007 – launched a new logo and tagline “Real Access. Real Value. Real People.”
  • January 2008 – activated the first Fusion Network customer in Elkader
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  • August 2008 – activated the first Fusion Network customer in Guttenberg
  • March 2011 – Alpine doubles Internet speeds for no extra charge to Gold and Platinum Internet subscribers
  • January 2013- Federal Communications Commission selected Alpine as 1 of 14 companies nationwide to take part in the Broadband Lifeline Pilot Program to test how best to increase adoption of high-speed Internet among low-income Americans
  • February 2013 – completed the multi-million-dollar Fusion Network construction in Garnavillo, launches FusionTV in Garnavillo and Marquette
  • January 2015 – Elgin customers begin receiving services on the Fusion Network via fiber optics
  • July 2015 – Gold, Platinum, and Diamond subscribers received a free Internet upgrade which resulted in twice the speeds for no extra charge
  • December 2016 – announced the $3 million-dollar fiber-optic construction project in McGregor

We look forward to serving northeast Iowa for many years to come!

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