2014 Press Releases
Oct. 31, 2014 - VTV to Broadcast Playoff Games for Local High Schools


(Roosevelt, Utah) – October 31, 2014

VTV will broadcast two local football playoff games Saturday, November 1st. Union High School’s game against North Sanpete will be aired live on VTV channels 6 and 706, as well as online at www.strata.tv. Also streaming live on STRATA’s WEBVu service will be the Duchesne vs. Kanab football game. Coverage for both games will begin at 1 PM.

VTV coverage is made possible through the support of key community businesses; Ashley Regional Medical Center, The Advisor Group, L & L Motor Company, Moon Lake Electric, Pilot Logistics, and STRATA Networks.

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.

Oct. 22, 2014 - STRATA to Offer iPad Air 2 & iPad mini 3


(Roosevelt, Utah) – October 22, 2014

STRATA Networks today announced that it will offer iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular and iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi + Cellular later this week.  STRATA will offer these new iPads with a range of attractive data plans that will allow customers to connect to its ultrafast LTE network with speeds up to 5 – 12 Mbps.

iPad Air 2 is the thinnest tablet in the world — weighing less than a pound yet packed with amazing new innovations including a new anti-reflective Retina display, all new iSight and FaceTime HD cameras for better photos and videos, A8X second generation 64-bit chip delivering improved CPU and graphics performance, faster Wi-Fi and LTE wireless, and the revolutionary Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor. So thin and light you can comfortably hold it all day long, iPad Air 2 gives you access to the more than 675,000 apps specifically designed for it — all while delivering great 10-hour battery life. The new iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3, also including Touch ID, come in three gorgeous metallic finishes including gold, silver and space gray. 

Customers can buy iPad Air 2 with Wi-Fi + Cellular and iPad mini 3 with Wi-Fi + Cellular at STRATA retail shops. For complete details on pricing, please visit www.stratanetworks.com.

For more information on iPad, please visit www.apple.com/ipad

Sept. 9, 2014 - STRATA Networks To Offer Iphone 6 & Iphone 6 Plus


(Roosevelt, Utah) – September 22, 2014

STRATA Networks today announced it will offer iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, the biggest advancements in iPhone history, beginning on Friday, September 26 in Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming. iPhone 6 will be available starting at $149 for the 16GB model and iPhone 6 Plus will be available starting at $249 for the 16GB model with a two-year agreement. Customers can pre-order both models now atstratanetworks.com. STRATA will allow iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus customers to connect to the Uintah Basin’s first true 4G LTE network, covering over 90 percent of the population in the Uintah Basin and still growing.

iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are the biggest advancements in iPhone history, featuring two new models with stunning 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, and packed with innovative technologies in an all-new dramatically thin and seamless design that is still comfortable to hold and easy to use. Both models are better in every way and include: the Apple-designed A8 chip with second generation 64-bit desktop-class architecture for blazing fast performance and power efficiency; advanced iSight and FaceTime HD cameras; ultrafast wireless technologies; and Apple Pay, an easier way to simply and securely make payments with just the touch of a finger.¹  

The new iPhones include iOS 8, the biggest release since the App Store, featuring a simpler, faster and more intuitive user experience with new Messages and Photos features, predictive typing for Apple’s QuickType keyboard and Family Sharing. iOS 8 also includes the new Health app, giving you a clear overview of your health and fitness data and iCloud Drive, so you can store files and access them from anywhere.  

“Building on Apple’s track record of innovation, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus introduce exciting new features that help people connect and are once again the benchmark for the industry,” said Bruce H. Todd, CEO of STRATA Networks. “Our mission has always been to help people connect with each other and we’re very excited to bring the new iPhones to our customers."
In addition, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will be available.

Pricing and details for iPhone:

iPhone 6 16GB



iPhone 6 64GB



iPhone 6 128GB



iPhone 6 Plus 16GB



iPhone 6 Plus 64GB



iPhone 6 Plus 128GB



* Subject to applicable contract terms and promotional offers.

For more information on iPhone, please visit: www.apple.com/iphone

¹ Apple Pay will be available to iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus customers in the US as a free update to iOS 8 this October. 

Sept. 3, 2014 - STRATA Presents Donation to Family Support Center


(Roosevelt, Utah) – September 3, 2014

STRATA Networks’ 13th Annual Charity Golf Classic proved to be a success this spring, raising $12,500 for the Family Support Center of the Uintah Basin. With appreciation for community and sponsorship support, STRATA presented the proceeds to The Family Support Center on Thursday, August 28.

Earlier this year, STRATA acquired the building space in Vernal which previously housed Costa Vida with the intent to expand their existing store directly adjacent to that space. With the added space, the store will bring an open & modern atmosphere for customers in Vernal and surrounding areas. STRATA hopes the new design will provide a place for the community to be excited to visit and learn about the latest products and services in the communications industry. Construction has already begun on the building and the project is expected to be completed by December 1.

As part of this expansion, STRATA also announced that they have recently outgrown their store located next to Café Rio in Vernal and, as of November 30, will be moving all retail operations into the newly remodeled and expanded Vernal Towne Center Store.

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

August 20, 2014 - VTV to Broadcast High School Football Games


(Roosevelt, Utah) – August 20, 2014

Uintah Basin high school football fans can catch play-by-play game coverage in HD this fall, appearing live on VTV 6, Channel 706 HD, and STRATAWebVū (www.strata.tv).

VTV coverage will kick off on Friday, August 29 with Duchesne High School battling North Summit. Throughout the rest of the season, fans will be able to view eight more home games featuring Uintah, Union, Duchesne, and Altamont teams. Games will be aired live on VTV (cable channel 6 or 706 in Vernal, Roosevelt, and Duchesne), as well as the STRATA WebVū service. Future viewing will also be available through web archives.

"This new school year brings expanded coverage of local high school sports on VTV6 and greater accessibility to our viewers with both television and web distribution,” said Dale Allred, Head of Video Operations at VTV. “It’s really exciting that our viewers can watch our live broadcasts on broadband connected devices almost anywhere.”

VTV’s sports coverage will also feature Girls Soccer in the fall, Girls & Boys Basketball this winter, and Boys Soccer in the spring.  For VTV’s complete broadcast schedule, visit stratanetworks.com.

VTV coverage is made possible through the support of key community businesses; Ashley Regional Medical Center, The Advisor Group, L & L Motor Company, Moon Lake Electric, Pilot Logistics, and STRATA Networks.

All VTV 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.

August 1, 2014 - STRATA Launches Mobile App


(Roosevelt, Utah) – August 21, 2014

For the first time, STRATA customers can manage their services by just a tap on their touch screen with the launch of MySTRATA, a free mobile app designed for customers. Available for free in both the App Store and Google Play Store, MySTRATA allows customers to view their account summary, pay their bill and access additional features, all on a mobile device.

With MySTRATA, customers will be able to:

  • View detailed statements and pay bill
  • View history of recent payments
  • Edit AutoPay settings
  • Monitor usage
  • Promptly contact Customer Service

New Website Features:

  • Live Chat Feature for customer convenience
  • Access to Google Maps for easy directions to stores and community WiFi locations
  • Updated Online Bill Pay portal
  • New, renovated design

Compatible devices include iPad, iPhone, and Android devices and is only available to customers using Android smartphones or Apple devices with an OS of 4.0 or higher.

Along with the launch of MySTRATA, the cooperative has also introduced an improved website for customer convenience. The new site includes the option to chat live with a STRATA representative or leave message, access to Google Maps for directions to store & community WiFi locations, updated Online Bill Pay portal, and features a new renovated design. Customers can visit the site at www.stratanetworks.com.

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

June 10, 2014 - STRATA Holds 61st Annual Meeting


(Roosevelt, Utah) – June 10, 2014

STRATA NETWORKS held its 61st annual meeting on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at the Roosevelt Jr. High School. STRATA members and customers enjoyed a barbeque dinner, saw demonstrations of new developments in technology, and attended a business meeting held afterward.

Elections were held for board positions in the Duchesne, Flattop, Fruitland, and Lapoint districts. Winners were announced as follows: Duchesne District – Rick Coil; Flattop District – Dean L. Brough; Fruitland District – Kent R. Peatross; Lapoint District – Aaron J. Reary. Newly elected directors will serve a three-year term.

Cooperative members received reports from Board President Greg Garff, CEO/General Manager Bruce H. Todd, and several other employees. Manager Todd focused on the Company’s goal of keeping up with the constant change of technology. Todd emphasized that the future looks bright for STRATA Networks because the Company has focused on strategic planning to prepare for expected changes.

Chief Operations Officer Jeff Goodrich expounded on that, stating that an aggressive strategic plan has been implemented to expand STRATA’s fiber optic network to better meet the current and future needs of customers. He announced that, as part of their initiative to expand broadband services, several Fiber Distribution Areas (FDAs) which include residential and business locations, will be equipped with fiber by the end of 2014.

Also covered during the business meeting was the expansion of STRATA’s 4G LTE network. Deployed in the fall of 2012, this network was the first of its kind in the Uintah Basin, bringing improved mobile broadband speeds up to 10 times faster than the previous 3G technology. With the addition of several 4G cell sites over the past two years, STRATA’s 4G service now covers more than 90% of the Uintah Basin’s population.

Director of Marketing & Public Relations Tyler Rasmussen announced recent changes in wireless and broadband plan offerings. Since May 2014, wireless plans now include a DataShare option which allows customers to share data across five phones or mobile devices. Broadband packages have also been modified to include significantly lower rates for higher-tiered speeds.

Human Resource Manager Andrew Adamson reminded members of the recent change in Utah traffic laws. As of May 15, 2014 a new traffic law was put in place that prohibits usage of a mobile device while driving. To encourage members to comply with these changes, hands-free phone kits were given away to all members present.

Manager Todd stated that the company continues to face significant challenges with the regulatory rulemaking of the Federal Communications Commission. Despite federal regulations challenging rural telecommunication providers and their customers, STRATA continues to be an active participant in State and National associations working to advocate the message of rural carriers, Todd said.

Recently, the Board approved changes to the Cooperative bylaws. The bylaw changes now allow members to receive patronage for wireless services, in addition to internet and landline services. With this change put in place, STRATA is encouraging members to link their services to one membership account in order to accumulate more patronage each year. Landline service remains mandatory for Cooperative membership and patronage accrual.

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

May 29, 2014 - STRATA to Host 61st Annual Meeting

STRATA To Host 61st Annual Meeting

(Roosevelt, Utah) – May 29, 2014

STRATA Networks will hold its Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at the Roosevelt Jr. High School. All STRATA cooperative members and 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 Duchesne, Flattop, Fruitland, and Lapoint districts; and to conduct any other business that may come before the meeting. Members will hear reports from the Board President, Secretary/Treasurer, and CEO/General Manager, and will also have the opportunity to see the latest company products and services demonstrated by company personnel.

TThis year’s meeting will also aim to educate the public on popular topics surrounding technology. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., attendees will get the opportunity to learn a variety of “Tech Tips & Tricks” from STRATA’s technology experts. Topics will include Tricks You Didn’t Know Your Smartphone Can Do, Connecting your Mobile Device to Your TV, Preserving Home Video Content, and more.

Board of Director positions for Duchesne, Flattop, Fruitland, and Lapoint are up for election at this year’s meeting. The following individuals have filed to run for the available Board seats: Duchesne District, Incumbent Gregory D. Garff and Rick Coil; Flattop District, Dean L. Brough running unopposed; Fruitland District, Incumbent Kent R. Peatross and Vern Roberts; Lapoint District, Incumbent Aaron J. Reary and Scott D. Mckee.

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

April 16, 2014 - STRATA Fighting Rising Cable Rates


(Roosevelt, Utah) – April 16, 2014

STRATA Networks announced today that as of May 19, 2014, it will no longer be offering Viacom channels via their cable television service due to a drastic rate increase imposed by Viacom. Viacom channels currently consist of the following networks: CMT, CMT Pure Country, Comedy Central, MTV, MTV2, MTV Hits, MTV Jams, MTV TR3S, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Nick Teen, Nick Toons, Spike, TV Land, VH-1, VH-1 Classic, VH-1 Soul.

STRATA’s decision to discontinue carriage of the Viacom channels comes at the end of a lengthy contract renewal negotiation that ended with Viacom demanding a rate that would nearly double over the next five years. Viacom’s demands come at a time when viewership on their networks is down, some by as much as 30%. Additionally, Viacom is unwilling to allow STRATA to drop the less popular channels that consumers typically don’t want.

“Our focus is to provide a high quality television experience to our customers at a reasonable rate. By accepting the terms of the Viacom agreement, STRATA would be required to pass along a large rate increase to our television subscribers. The feedback we have received from our customers is that they do not want to see a rate increase. By discontinuing the Viacom channels we will be able to avoid a rate increase that was previously scheduled for May 2014,” stated Bruce H. Todd, General Manager/CEO of STRATA.

“Consumers and television operators like STRATA are becoming tired of the exorbitant demands imposed by programmers such as Viacom. STRATA consumers want more flexibility in the channels that they pay for; and they don’t want to be required to pay for channels they don’t watch. By eliminating channels with declining viewership, STRATA can reduce yearly rate increases and make space for more popular channels,” Todd said.

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

April 10, 2014 - STRATA's 13th Annual Charity Golf Classic to Assist Family Support Center


(Roosevelt, Utah) – April 10, 2014

More than 500 golfers are expected to participate in STRATA Networks’ 13th Annual Charity Golf Classic, which consists of two tournaments held on May 9th and May 16th. The May 9th event will take place at the Roosevelt City Golf Course while the May 16th tournament will be held at the Vernal Dinaland Golf Course, with both morning and afternoon flights each day.

Tee time kicks 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, gifts, snacks, raffle drawing, and the chance to win incredible hole-in-one prizes.

Over the years, STRATA’s Annual Charity Golf Classic has become a favorite for area residents, as well as for company vendors. Not only do participating golfers get to enjoy a day on the green but they also get to experience the satisfaction of raising funds to assist with the needs of community projects, local government, and other nonprofit groups. The event has raised over $80,000 over the past twelve 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, childhood and youth educational programs, Uintah Basin food pantries, and the local Search and Rescue Squads.

The proceeds from this year’s Golf Classic will go to the Family Support Center of the Uintah Basin. Located in Roosevelt, the Family Support Center provides services to Uintah, Duchesne, and Daggett Counties and aids approximately 250 children each year. Dedicated to the prevention of child abuse and neglect, the organization provides a variety of services including a 24-hour care crisis/respite nursery, parenting classes, and resource referrals, at no cost to families in need.

“Every year, the donations we get determine whether or not we can stay open,” Janet Rowe, Executive Director of the Family Support Center, said. “STRATA’s donation is going to allow us to provide more resources to the community and will help us in our mission to prevent child abuse and support families.”

To reserve a spot in the 2014 Charity Golf Classic, call 622-5007, email golf@stratanetworks.com, or visit www.stratanetworks.com to download a registration form.

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

April 9, 2015 STRATA Sponsors Youth to Tour Washington, D.C.


(Roosevelt, Utah) – April 9, 2015

STRATA Networks has selected six high school students to attend the Foundation for Rural Service's (FRS) Annual Youth Tour to Washington, D.C this summer. Bailee Johnson (Roosevelt), Breanna White (Vernal), Kyle Hanke (Neola), Madison Adamson (Roosevelt), Selina Reyos (Duchesne), and Shayla Draper (Bluebell) will spend four days in the nation’s capital learning about history, government processes, and the telecommunications industry.

The FRS Youth Tour brings together students from across rural America for the opportunity to visit historical sites including the Lincoln & Jefferson Memorials; the Korean, Vietnam, and World War II Memorials; Mount Vernon, estate of George Washington; the Smithsonian Museums; and more.  

The trip will feature a comprehensive overview of the telecommunications industry, the critical role it plays in rural America, and how it is affected by legislative and regulatory decisions. While there, students will attend educational sessions on these topics which will be enhanced by site visits to the U.S. Capitol and the Federal Communications Commission, and meetings with industry leaders and members of Congress.

“We have exceptional young people in our area who are eager to explore the world and learn of the role they may have in shaping the future of telecommunications,” said Bruce H Todd, CEO/General Manager of STRATA Networks. “We hope that by exposing our youth to cultural and educational opportunities, such as the FRS Youth Tour, they will have a desire to remain in and become actively involved in strengthening their rural communities.”

The FRS Youth Tour is open only to students who are sponsored by the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), of which STRATA Networks is a member. FRS promotes, educates, and advocates rural telecommunications issues to the public, in order to sustain and enhance the quality of life within communities throughout rural America. 

March 13, 2014 - STRATA Confirms Galaxy S5 Coming Soon


(Roosevelt, Utah) – March 13, 2014

STRATA Networks and Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung Mobile) are excited to announce their collaboration in making the highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy S 5 available to STRATA customers. The Galaxy S 5 is packed with innovative new features, including a built-in heart rate monitor, advanced camera features, and faster connection speeds. 

"STRATA is very excited to be bringing the Samsung Galaxy S 5 to our customers. Samsung offers a wide range of products to fit consumers' needs and the Galaxy S 5 continues that commitment by offering advanced, meaningful innovations," said Bruce Todd, CEO of STRATA.  

For the latest alerts on new products, please follow STRATA on Facebook. For more information about the Samsung Galaxy S 5 and accessories, please visit www.samsungmobileuspress.com/GalaxyS5.  

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

March 11, 2014 - STRATA Expands 4G LTE Data Coverage


(Roosevelt, Utah) – March 11, 2014 

STRATA Networks announced that their 4G LTE coverage has been expanded by five new sites in various locations throughout the Uintah Basin. The additional sites will enhance coverage to areas in both Duchesne & Uintah counties.  Now, more than 90% of the population within the Uintah Basin is covered by LTE, the most advanced wireless technology available.

 The new LTE sites have expanded coverage into the following areas: 

  • Areas north of Vernal
  • Areas west of Duchesne/East of Fruitland
  • Hanna
  • Neola

4G LTE offers download speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G technologies.  4G LTE customers experience average download speeds of 5-12 Mbps when using a compatible 4G device or handset.

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

March 6, 2014 - STRATA Donation Helps Solidify Aquatic Center


(Roosevelt, Utah) – March 6, 2014 

Today, STRATA Networks announced their support of the Roosevelt Aquatic Center with a $200,000 donation. Bruce Todd, General Manager/CEO of STRATA Networks, made the official statement on behalf of the company and, with a smile on his face, presented their donation to Roosevelt City. 

The cooperative committed to a five-year investment with $100,000 of the donation to help fund the initial construction of the aquatic center. Additionally, over the next four years, annual contributions of $25,000 will be given to support the ongoing cost of operations and maintenance, one of the primary concerns of funding the facility.

With the constant goal of supporting the community in which it is headquartered, STRATA expressed their excitement in joining as a partner in this exciting development.

“This project has been a dream for Roosevelt City for years, and we are thrilled to be a part of making it a reality,” Todd said. “In our eyes, providing a quality facility that promotes health and provides a fun family environment is an opportunity to benefit the community now and in years to come. This investment is a symbol of our ongoing commitment to improving the community we live and work in.”

Announced during a special presentation held at the Frontier Grill, business leaders and Roosevelt City Councilmembers expressed appreciation on behalf of the city and the pool committee. Preceded by other local contributions, STRATA’s commitment helps to solidify the project that so many have been anticipating.

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

Feb. 11, 2014 - STRATA Provides Opportunities For Area High School Youth


(Roosevelt, Utah) – February 11, 2014 

Focused on supporting the educational and career pursuits of the next generation, STRATA NETWORKS provides a variety of opportunities each year for high school juniors and seniors whose parents are members of the cooperative. This year STRATA will award nearly $50,000 to local high school graduating seniors, which will include seven $2,500 scholarships and three renewable scholarships for up to $10,000 each.

In addition to the scholarship program, STRATA provides excellent opportunities for high school juniors. This spring, four high school juniors will be selected to attend the Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) Youth Tour in Washington, D.C.; and a select group of juniors will be given an opportunity to attend the annual weeklong UREA Youth Leadership Challenge at Snow College.

FRS Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.

The FRS Youth Tour is an all-expense-paid educational trip for high school juniors to Washington, D.C., May 31-June 4, 2014. FRS was established by the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), of which STRATA NETWORKS is a member. FRS brings together over 100 high school students from rural communities throughout the United States to Washington, D.C., for a four-day tour of the some of the most historical sites in the nation, including the Lincoln & Jefferson Memorials; Arlington National Cemetery; the Smithsonian Museums, and more.

While there, students learn about the telecommunications industry, as well as the regulatory and legislative processes. Educational sessions on these topics are greatly enhanced by site visits to the U.S. Capitol and the Federal Communications Commission, in addition to meetings with industry leaders and members of Congress.

STRATA NETWORKS will also select and sponsor a group of high school juniors to attend the annual UREA Youth Leadership Challenge, July 14-18, 2014, on the campus of Snow College in Ephraim, Utah.

UREA week challenges young people to make positive changes in their lives, develop leadership skills, build self-esteem, make new friends, and have a lot of fun, while learning about how a cooperative functions. There is no cost to the students who attend.

Applications for STRATA scholarships, the FRS Youth Tour, and the UREA Youth Leadership Challenge must be returned no later than March 5, 2014. Applications can be obtained at local high school counseling offices, at any STRATA NETWORKS location in Roosevelt or Vernal, or online at www.stratanetworks.com.

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