2012 Press Releases
Oct. 24, 2012 STRATA to Bring 4G LTE Network to the Basin

STRATA ANNOUNCES THE FIRST 4G LTE NETWORK IN THE BASIN

(Roosevelt, Utah) – November 2, 2012 -

STRATA NETWORKS announced this week its plans to launch the first 4G LTE network in the Uintah Basin beginning in November. 4G LTE is the most advanced mobile broadband technology available, offering download speeds more than 10 times faster than current 3G technologies. 4G LTE customers will experience average download speeds of 5-12 Mbps when using a compatible 4G device or handset.

The service is being deployed initially in parts of Duchesne and Uintah counties, covering more than 90% of the current population of the two counties. This deployment represents phase 1 completion of a multi-phase build out plan. Additional phases will be completed over the next 12-18 months and will expand the initial coverage area.

Initially, STRATA plans to offer four devices that are compatible with the network. One of those devices is a MiFi hotspot, which can power up to five WiFi enabled devices with 4G LTE internet connectivity. Additionally, a USB dongle will be available to connect personal computers or laptops to the network. For those interested in a 4G compatible handset, the company plans to offer the Motorola RAZR MAXX, along with the HTC Fireball.

STRATA NETWORKS announced its plans to build a 4G LTE network in 2011 as part of Verizon’s LTE in Rural America (LRA) program. STRATA was the sixth company nationwide to announce its participation in this program.

“We saw this as an opportunity to accelerate the benefits of mobile broadband to the Uintah Basin. This 4G deployment will greatly enhance our robust wireless network, offering STRATA customers the fastest mobile broadband technology available anywhere. We are committed to providing big city services right here in rural Uintah Basin,” stated Bruce H. Todd, General Manager/CEO of STRATA NETWORKS.

The agreement with Verizon offers many benefits to STRATA customers and residents of the Basin. The primary benefit associated with a 4G LTE network relates to the dramatic increase in network speeds. As previously stated, 4G offers speeds of 5-12 Mbps, which is more than 10 times faster than the 3G counterpart. Other key benefits will include:

  • STRATA customers will have access to Verizon Wireless’ 4G LTE network, the fastest, most advanced 4G LTE network in the United States.

  • The network will also be available for Verizon customers traveling into the STRATA service area(s).

  • When STRATA customers travel outside of the current 4G LTE coverage area, they will have access to the current 3G networks provided by STRATA and Verizon Wireless.

“LTE or 4G technology is the latest evolution in mobile internet,” said Bert Potts, STRATA Wireless Manager. “The Uintah Basin will now become one of just a handful of rural locations nationwide that have access to such an advanced mobile broadband technology.”

Tyler Rasmussen, Manager of Marketing and Public Relations for STRATA has indicated that the company will begin selling its 4G LTE service on the 19th of November. Customers will be allowed to reserve their 4G device beginning November 5th.

For more information please contact Tyler Rasmussen at 622-5007, or email trasmussen@stratanetworks.com.

Sept. 20, 2012 STRATA Presents Donation to Search & Rescue

STRATA PRESENTS PROCEEDS FROM CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC TO SEARCH & RESCUE

(Roosevelt, Utah) – September 20, 2012 -

Nearly 500 golfers helped raise $20,000 for Search and Rescue Squads by swinging their clubs for charity in the STRATA Charity Golf Classic tournaments held in May at the Roosevelt City Golf Course and the Vernal Dinaland Golf Course.

At a Vernal Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon on September 4, STRATA Networks presented a $10,000 check to the Uintah County Search and Rescue Squad. During a Duchesne County Chamber of Commerce meeting on September 20, a second check for $10,000 was presented to the Search and Rescue Squad of Duchesne County.

Since its inception 11 years ago, and with the money raised from this year’s Charity Golf Classic, the tournaments have raised $78,000 to help charitable organizations throughout the Uintah Basin. These funds have directly benefited local charitable entities, such as Uintah Basin Association of Governments Meals on Wheels program, Duchesne and Uintah County Victim’s Advocacy groups, families of the Army National Guard, Search and Rescue Squads, childhood and youth educational programs, Uintah Basin food pantries, and the Radiation Vacation Van.

“The money we raise directly benefits charities in our community,” said Bruce Todd, STRATA’s CEO and General Manager. “As needs continue to increase each year, we try harder to increase our giving. Cooperatives exist to serve their members, whether they are customers or the local community. This is just one more example of the benefits of supporting your co-op.”

Search and Rescue is a volunteer, non-profit organization established to rescue and protect life in areas of Uintah and Duchesne County under the direction of the County Sheriffs Departments.

Not only does a local Search and Rescue team respond at all hours of the day and night when it is needed, but it does so at no charge.

“SAR operations depend largely on donations from citizens and local businesses to make ends meet and purchase the equipment necessary to continue providing the best possible service to citizens who need our help,” said Jason Bleazard, Commander. “Chances are very good that you know someone personally who has been assisted by Search and Rescue efforts. Their unselfish volunteerism may one day help save the life of a friend or neighbor, or even your own family member!”

All donations made to SAR are used for equipment and training that directly serves people who are in dire need of rescue in our community.

Nearly all of the costs incurred in a rescue are paid from the pockets of the dedicated volunteers who make up a team. “We use our own equipment—vehicles, horses, ATVs, trailers. We pay for our own fuel. We take time off work and away from our families for regular training and emergencies when you need us,” said Bleazard.

A large number of this year’s golf participants were partners, suppliers, or vendors of STRATA; but other contestants and volunteers came to join in on the fun, food, and prizes while supporting a charitable cause. Many local businesses contributed food and prizes.

Next year’s tournaments are scheduled for the 17th and 24th of May 2013.

For more information please contact Tyler Rasmussen at 622-5007, or email trasmussen@stratanetworks.com.

Aug. 29, 2012 VTV Football Coverage

VTV CHANNEL 6 ANNOUNCES COVERAGE OF LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

(Roosevelt, Utah) – August 29, 2012 -

VTV will broadcast eight local high school football games in HD during the 2012 football season. The games will be available on VTV 6, channel 706 HD, and on STRATA WebVū (www.strata.tv). To view VTV’s broadcast schedule visit stratanetworks.com.

Coverage will include games featuring Uintah, Union, Duchesne, and Altamont high schools. Each game will air on VTV (cable channel 6 and 706 in Vernal, Roosevelt and Duchesne), will be broadcast live via the STRATA WebVū service, and will also be archived on the web platform for viewing in the future.

“Our Local Sports programming schedule continues to grow with another terrific block of sporting events in HD, a key element for VTV as we provide local content that viewers can't get anywhere else,” said Dale Allred, Head of Video Operations at VTV.

VTV coverage is made possible through the support of key community businesses; Ashley Regional Medical Center, CrossFit AveNue, L & L Motor Company, Moon Lake Electric, and Western Petroleum,.

All V-TV broadcasts are also available for DVD purchase. DVD orders can be placed by contacting VTV at 74 East Main in Vernal or by calling 781-1902.

For more information please contact Tyler Rasmussen at 622-5007, or email trasmussen@stratanetworks.com.

Aug. 6, 2012 STRATA to Carry Pac-12 Networks

STRATA TO CARRY PAC-12 NETWORKS, PROVIDING SUBSCRIBERS IN UTAH WITH UNPRECEDENTED ACCESS TO PAC-12 TEAMS

(Roosevelt, Utah) – August 6, 2012 -

Pac-12 Enterprises has reached an agreement with STRATA Networks to carry the Pac-12 Mountain regional network as well as Pac-12 national, providing their customers with 24/7 access to their favorite teams in the Pac-12 Conference, it was announced today.

The new agreement allows STRATA subscribers to enjoy the hundreds of live sporting events, including 35 football games, more than 130 men’s basketball games and other specialty content that will be featured on Pac-12 Arizona. The new networks launch August 15.

The inclusion of the Pac-12 National and Mountain regional networks in our cable television offering is something that we are very excited about. Our customers are thrilled to have improved access to teams like the University of Utah, as well as the other prestigious universities that compete in the Pac-12,” stated Bruce H. Todd, CEO and General Manager of STRATA Networks.

During the first four weeks of the 2012 football season, the Pac-12 Networks will feature games from all 12 Pac-12 schools, including at least five games with top 25 programs USC, Oregon and Stanford. The very first live football game on the Pac-12 Networks will be Utah’s home opener against Northern Colorado August 30.

With football season and the Fall sports schedule fast approaching, the Pac-12 Networks will be providing great content to our fans on a daily basis, and we are delighted to expand our reach to STRATA customers,” said Gary Stevenson, President of Pac-12 Enterprises. “We are in a unique position to tell stories that haven’t been told before about our student-athletes, our coaches and our universities. STRATA customers will now have the opportunity to follow and become more engaged with their favorite Pac-12 teams.”

June 6, 2012 STRATA Hosts 59th Annual Meeting

STRATA NETWORKS TO HOLD 59TH ANNUAL MEETING

(Roosevelt, Utah) – June 6, 2012 -

STRATA Networks will hold itsAnnual Meeting on Thursday, June 14, 2012, at the Roosevelt Jr. High School. All STRATA Networks customers are invited to a complimentary barbeque from 4:30-6:30 p.m., with a business meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The purpose of the Annual Meeting is to give members the opportunity to come and participate in the governance of their local telecommunications cooperative; to elect Board representation from the Altamont, Neola, and Roosevelt districts; and to conduct any other business that may come before the meeting.

Board of Director positions for Altamont, Neola, and Roosevelt are up for election at this year’s meeting. The following individuals have filed to run for the available Board seats: Altamont District, Incumbent Ashley Shiner and Nelson Burton; Neola District, Bart Miller and Incumbent Jeff Crozier; Roosevelt District, Richard Ross and Russell Cowan. Roosevelt District Incumbent Kirk Bostick was defeated during the Roosevelt primary election in May.

For more information regarding this year’s Annual Meeting or the voting process, please call 622-5007 or visit www.stratanetworks.com.

April 21, 2012 Charity Golf Classic to Assist Search And Rescue

STRATA TV CUSTOMERS CAN NOW "WATCH TV EVERYWHERE"

(Roosevelt, Utah) – April 21, 2012 - STRATA NETWORKS is making preparations for its 11th Annual Charity Golf Classic. STRATA will host two tournaments—one on Friday, May 11th, at the Roosevelt City Golf course, and another on Friday, May 18th, at the Vernal Dinaland Golf Course, with morning and afternoon flights at each tournament.

More than 500 golfers are expected to participate in the two tournaments that kick off at 7:30 a.m. for morning flights and 1 p.m. for afternoon flights. Each tournament will be a 4-person scramble and will include a BBQ lunch, beverages, gifts, snacks, hole contests, and fabulous prizes!

The tournament has quickly become a favorite for area residents as well as for company vendors. Participating golfers experience the satisfaction of not only enjoying a day on the green, but to also raise funds to assist with the needs of community projects, local government, and other nonprofit groups. The event has raised $58,000 over the past five years. These funds have directly benefited local charitable entities, such as Duchesne and Uintah County Victim’s Advocacy Groups, families of the Army National Guard, Search and Rescue Squads, childhood and youth educational programs, Uintah Basin food pantries, and the Radiation Vacation Van.

The proceeds from this year’s Golf Classic will go to Uintah and Duchesne County Search and Rescue Squads.

To reserve a spot in the 2011 Charity Golf Classic, call 622-5007, email golf@stratanetworks.com, or go to the STRATA NETWORKS website, www.stratanetworks.com, to print out a registration form.

For more information please contact Tyler Rasmussen at 622-5007, or email trasmussen@stratanetworks.com.