2016 Press Releases
August 2016 - STRATA Networks to Host Black Ops III Gaming Tournament in Vernal

STRATA NETWORKS TO HOST BLACK OPS III GAMING TOURNAMENT IN VERNAL

(Roosevelt, Utah) – Aug. 1, 2016

STRATA Networks will host the Uintah Basin’s very first Black Ops III video game tournament on August 20, 2016 at the Uintah Conference Center in Vernal. The winning team will be awarded a $1,000 grand prize, and 2nd and 3rd place teams will also win cash prizes. Gameplay is set to begin at 10:00 AM, with the final matches broadcast on VTV Channel 6 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

Tournament matches will be played on the PlayStation 4 gaming console and the event will follow a double-elimination format. Online registration is now open at www.stratanetworks.com, and will be limited to 32 four-player teams.

In addition to the main event, which spectators are welcome to view, there will be several activities that are open to the public and free to participate in. Activities include Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart on the Nintendo Wii U, and the chance to experience the latest in consumer virtual reality technology.

Gaming has long been a driver of technological development and STRATA Networks provides many of the services that modern gamers need. Fiber optic internet delivers low latency gameplay, and there are a variety of smartphones available to play the latest mobile games, like Pokémon Go.

“We hope to engage with a younger, tech savvy audience with this event and to demonstrate a dedication to serving their telecommunication and broadband internet needs,” Bruce Todd, General Manager of STRATA Networks, said.

More information, as well as official tournament rules, can be found on STRATA’s website or on their Facebook page: STRATA Gaming Series.

June 2016 - STRATA Networks Holds 63rd Annual Meeting

STRATA NETWORKS TO HOLD 63RD ANNUAL MEETING

(Roosevelt, Utah) – June 16, 2016

STRATA NETWORKS held its 63rd Annual Meeting on Thursday, June 16, 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 Randlett, Tabiona, and Vernal districts. Running unopposed for the position of director from the Randlett District was JoAnn Winn. Running unopposed for the position of director from the Vernal District was Kelly Dastrup. Winning the election for the position of director from the Tabiona District was Max Fabrizio, defeating candidate Guy Taylor Jr. Elected directors will serve a three-year term.

Cooperative members heard reports from Board President Ashley Shiner, Board Secretary/Treasurer Aaron Reary, and CEO/General Manager Bruce H. Todd.

Secretary/Treasurer Aaron Reary gave a financial report, and told members that although the effects of the suffering economy within the Uintah Basin have impacted STRATA, the cooperative continues to be profitable.

President Ashley Shiner reported that STRATA Networks has had another great year with the financial condition of the cooperative continuing to be strong. Shiner emphasized that STRATA is a cooperative, and was originally formed as a non-profit organization. “We have a strategic plan, and we have a budget,” Shiner said. “We review them annually, and we adhere to them. We work to accomplish both.”

CEO/General Manager Bruce Todd addressed customers and members who attended the meeting about the push/pull effect of the telecom industry drivers.

“There are forces that pull and push the industry of which Strata Networks is part of,” said Todd. He told members that the customer and technology are the pulling forces that drive the company. “A dynamic of the industry is knowing what the customer demand is, and then providing the technology to meet their wants.”

The regulatory/economic models and governing structure are the push of the telecommunications industry. On March 30, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) provided a transformational order. The greatest impact of that order is the inclusion of broadband as a Universal Service. Based on this new FCC order, the Board and management will be forced to choose between existing regulatory rules or to transition to a new model referred to as the Alternative Connect America Model.

Of special interest to members of the cooperative, Manager Todd addressed the cooperative’s revenues. He said that in 1994 the cooperative had under $10 million in operating revenues. For the year ended 2015, STRATA reports over $63 million in operating revenues. Following up on that statement, Manager Todd highlighted two items of importance regarding the cooperatives financial strength. The first was that since 1992, total subsidiary earnings exceed $12 million. Second, is that retained earnings of the cooperative and its subsidiary operations amount to over $44 million. He reported that the cooperative has operated so well financially that this year for the first time ever the Board authorized patronage of $1 million to members of the cooperative.

Manager Todd closed with a quote, “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now” (Old Proverb). He stated that the board foresaw the future, and helped STRATA become diversified for the future. He restated the meaning of the company name, STRATA Networks, by saying, “We have built layer upon layer, forming a rock solid foundation of the latest technologies.”

Following Manager Todd’s report, UBAOG representatives were presented a $20,000 check from Golf Committee Chairman Tyler Rasmussen. This money was raised at this year’s Charity Golf Classic to benefit local food pantries. Since its inception 15 years ago, the golf tournaments have raised $124,000 to help charitable organizations throughout the Uintah Basin.

The cooperative welcomes any questions regarding the meeting’s reports and encourages members to call (435) 622-5007.

For more information, please contact Tyler Rasmussen at trasmussen@stratanetworks.com.

About STRATA NETWORKS: STRATA NETWORKS is the leading telecommunications provider in the Uintah Basin, providing advanced voice, broadband, television, and nationwide wireless services. The company is headquartered in Roosevelt, Utah with a coverage area extending in to a tri-state region, serving over 60,000 customers. STRATA celebrates over 60 years of technology expertise, exceptional customer relations, and a devout corporate social responsibility to its community. The company functions as a local cooperative, in which customers can also become member owners of the company who may receive patronage dividends and participate in company voting processes. More information is available at www.stratanetworks.com.

June 2016 - STRATA Networks to Hold 63rd Annual Meeting

STRATA NETWORKS TO HOLD 63RD ANNUAL MEETING

(Roosevelt, Utah) – June 7, 2016

Members of STRATA Networks are invited to attend their 63rd Annual Meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 16, at the Roosevelt Jr. High School. A complimentary barbeque will take place for the community from 4:30-6:30 p.m., followed by a business meeting for STRATA cooperative members beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Annual Meeting will give members the opportunity to participate in the governance of their local telecommunications cooperative; to elect Board representation from the Randlett, Tabiona, and Vernal districts; and to take part in any other cooperative business that may come before the meeting. Members will hear reports from the Board President, Secretary/Treasurer, and CEO/General Manager on the progress of the past year and plans for future improvements.

Prior to the business meeting, attendees will have the opportunity to tour a showcase of the latest company products and services demonstrated by STRATA employees. The showcase will include the latest wireless devices & broadband solutions, as well as exhibits from subsidiary companies Spectra IT Solutions and VTV Channel 6. The event will also aim to educate the public on popular topics surrounding technology. Prior to the business meeting, attendees will hear presentations covering “Tech Tips & Tricks” from STRATA’s technology experts. Board of Director positions for Randlett, Tabiona, and Vernal are up for election at this year’s meeting. The following individuals have filed to run for available Board seats: Randlett District, Incumbent Joann Winn running unopposed; Tabiona District, Incumbent Max Fabrizio and Guy Taylor; Vernal District, Incumbent Kelly Dastrup.

In light of the current economic condition of the Uintah Basin, the STRATA Board of Directors recently approved a 1 million dollar patronage payout for cooperative members. Members who have accrued patronage by subscribing to the products and services offered by STRATA will be receiving a patronage check in the month of June. For more information regarding this year’s Annual Meeting or the voting process, please call 622-5007.

About STRATA NETWORKS: STRATA NETWORKS is the leading telecommunications provider in the Uintah Basin, providing advanced voice, broadband, television, and nationwide wireless services. The company is headquartered in Roosevelt, Utah with a coverage area extending in to a tri-state region, serving over 60,000 customers. STRATA celebrates over 60 years of technology expertise, exceptional customer relations, and a devout corporate social responsibility to its community. The company functions as a local cooperative, in which customers can also become member owners of the company who may receive patronage dividends and participate in company voting processes. More information is available at www.stratanetworks.com.

March 2016 - STRATA's Charity Golf Classic to Benefit Food Pantries

STRATA ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AND YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES

(Roosevelt, Utah) – March 28, 2016 - STRATA Networks will host its 15th Annual Charity Golf Classic on May 13th at the Roosevelt City Golf Course & May 20th at the Vernal Dinaland Golf Course, with proceeds benefitting local food pantries. Each tournament will have a morning and afternoon flight and will follow a four-person scramble format.

Breakfast will be available at the course each morning, followed by a shotgun start at 7:30 AM and 1 PM for afternoon flights. Golfers in both flights will enjoy a barbecue lunch, free range, the chance to participate in contests throughout the course, and a silent auction featuring exciting prizes. For many local area residents, the annual event has become a tradition and a great opportunity to spend a day on the green while supporting a local cause.

Over the past 15 years, STRATA’s Charity Golf Classic has raised over $100,000 that has directly benefitted local entities including Search & Rescue, KLiC, the Family Support Center, and childhood & youth educational programs. STRATA is looking forward to this year’s proceeds supporting the Uintah Basin Association of Governments (UBAOG) & their food pantry services.

UBAOG’s Food Pantry is a community resource that provides free groceries to low-income families who might otherwise go without. In recent months, the organization has seen a significant increase in households and individuals utilizing their services due to the economic downturn. The funds raised from STRATA’s Charity Golf Classic will be used to purchase meat, dairy, & personal hygiene products which are some of their greatest needs. Funds will also be used to provide families with holiday boxes in November and December.

Several sponsorship opportunities are available and donations are welcomed and appreciated. To help sponsor the event or to register a team, please call 622-5007, email golf@stratanetworks.com, or visit www.stratanetworks.com/Community to download a registration form.

Feb. 5, 2016 - VTV Invites Community to Tour New Studio

VTV INVITES COMMUNITY TO TOUR NEW STUDIO

(Roosevelt, Utah) – February 5, 2016 - On Tuesday, February 16, VTV Channel 6 will celebrate the opening of its new building at 2276 W Hwy 40 in Vernal, which houses a brand new, cutting-edge television studio. The community is invited to share in the celebration & tour the facility at a public open house from 1 to 4 PM. Those who attend will get the opportunity to see what takes place behind the cameras, meet the VTV staff, and enjoy light refreshments.

VTV Channel 6 provides local video content & production services to the Uintah Basin, as well as commercial advertising solutions. The new building, which includes an 1100-square-foot television studio, state-of-the-art editing equipment, and green screen capabilities, will bring greater opportunities for the company to enhance their services, said VTV.

The studio shares an adjoining building with VTV’s parent company, STRATA Networks. The space occupied by STRATA contains primarily inventory storage and office spaces for STRATA personnel, including sales, construction, and technical support staff, to better serve customers in the Vernal area. STRATA product and services will not be sold out of this location. STRATA customers are encouraged to continue visiting STRATA’s recently expanded store located in the Vernal Towne shopping center next to Dickey’s and Sally’s Beauty Supply.

Jan. 19, 2016 - STRATA Accepting Applications for Scholarships & Youth Programs

STRATA ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR SCHOLARSHIPS AND YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES

(Roosevelt, Utah) – January 19, 2016 - Uintah Basin high school students can now apply for STRATA’s scholarships and youth programs. Graduating seniors, whose parents are members of the cooperative, can apply for a variety of scholarships, which include seven $2,500 scholarships and three renewable scholarships for up to $10,000 each. There are also scholarship opportunities available for nontraditional students wishing to pursue higher education at local institutions in the Uintah Basin.

In addition to providing nearly $50,000 in scholarships, STRATA will also offer leadership and educational opportunities for high school students who are dependents of STRATA members in good standing:

FRS Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.
This spring, six high school students, ages 16-17, will be selected to attend the Foundation for Rural (FRS) Youth Tour in Washington, D.C. The FRS Youth Tour is an all-expense-paid educational trip for high school students to Washington, D.C., The tour brings over 100 high school students from across rural America together for an educational and exciting experience as they tour the nation’s capital. While there, students get to explore some of the most historical sites in the nation, while learning about rural telecommunications by attending meetings with industry leaders and members of congress. This year’s tour is scheduled for June 4-8, 2016.

Union High School Senior Kyle Hanke attended the 2015 FRS Youth Tour and said that his experience in Washington, D.C. was a great opportunity. “My experience was incredible; once-in-a-lifetime,” said Hanke. “I learned that the FRS is representing companies like STRATA in helping them communicate to the FCC what our needs are and letting us have a voice in America.”

To be eligible to apply for the FRS Youth Tour, students must be age 16 or 17 at the time of the tour.

UREA Youth Leadership Challenge at Snow College
A group of high school juniors will also be sponsored to attend the annual UREA Youth Leadership Challenge, at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, the week of July 18-22, 2016. UREA Challenge week is full of opportunities to develop leadership skills, build self-esteem, and make new friends from other schools, while also learning about how a cooperative, like STRATA, functions.

“UREA brings youth from all over the state and we come together, we interact, we learn, we develop leadership skills,” said Connor Snow, a 2015 UREA Youth Leadership participant. “I think that the best way to learn is if you’re actually enjoying it. And I think UREA was the epitome of that. We learned things because we were enjoying our time there.”

Applications for scholarships and youth programs can be picked up from STRATA Networks’ locations in Roosevelt or Vernal or downloaded online at www.stratanetworks.com/youthopportunities. Applications must be submitted to STRATA’s main office no later than March 4, 2016.