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April 2017 - STRATA Networks Data Center Opens the Basin Up to the World

STRATA Networks Data Center
Opens the Basin up to the World

(Roosevelt, Utah) – April 25, 2017

The plain, nondescript building Strata Networks is now occupying in Vernal gives no indication of the amount of cutting edge technology that is housed inside it. Strata’s new data center is ready to help people and businesses in the Basin get access to the cloud.

Strata Network Operations Manager Brent Simmons said this state-of-the-art facility is designed to help people and businesses from anywhere in the world, while still maintaining that small town feel.

“The data center is the cloud for the internet. This is where the internet functions. When you store data, or access the internet, it’s stored in the cloud,” Simmons said. “This is Strata’s internet cloud. It’s our system to join ourselves to the bigger cloud.”

The building is accessible by using special key cards. But getting through the front door is just the first layer of security Strata has built into the building. To access the computer room where all the equipment will be stored, there are two more secured doors that require the right key card and the customer’s biometric data before anyone will be allowed entry.

The computer room is visible from the lobby area, but until you set foot into this climate controlled space, you don’t realize the thoughtful planning that has gone into it. Humidifiers keep the space at 40 percent humidity, which Simmons said is optimal to keep static electricity down. The room is also kept cool to compensate for the heat produced from the machines. It’s a delicate balance that has to be meticulously maintained.

“We designed this space with several purposes in mind. We wanted to be able to create a space where a business could move their data infrastructure into a secure, redundant space instead of investing the capital in building small server rooms or get them out of the small closet or under desks in the office,” Simmons said.

Right now, the room houses two pod systems, one which Strata will use to maintain their network and the other that will be available for businesses to purchase space.

“There is a lot of talk about moving to the cloud or being in the cloud. On top of that we also wanted to provide a space for our own managed services,” Simmons said. “If you’re a customer that wants to manage your own gear, we have a space for it. If you’re a customer that wants to turn over and let us manage the services, we have a space for that as well.”

The building is staffed 24/7/365 which makes it easy for IT professionals to get to their company’s equipment at any time. Simmons said they also designed a comfortable lounge area where IT techs can work or relax while they are at the data center. It’s another personal touch that Simmons said makes Strata’s data center unique.

“Part of our mission is to develop talent and services here in the Basin. Diversification is one thing we had in mind when we built this,” Simmons said. “We hope to be able to attract some talented people to come work in this space. We intend to market this service to customers outside of the Basin as well. It’s about helping the community and the economics of the community as well."

 

Source: Brenda Fisher, UB Media

April 13, 2017 - Your Local ISP's Perspective On Internet Privacy Ruling

YOUR LOCAL ISP’S PERSPECTIVE ON INTERNET PRIVACY RULING

(Roosevelt, Utah) – April 13, 2017

Congress’s recent decision to repeal the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)’s previously proposed internet privacy rules has raised questions for some internet users concerned that their personal information will be shared by their internet service provider. STRATA Networks reassures its customers that they are not at increased risk.

The vote to repeal the privacy rules will not create any major change, says STRATA. The FCC’s proposed rules were not yet in effect before being revoked so, in reality, internet users are no less protected now than they were before.

Passed by the FCC in October, the regulations would have placed restrictions on how internet providers use consumer data. But, ironically, the same regulations would not have been applied to platforms like Google & Facebook who have access to as much, if not more, customer information.

STRATA assures customers that they have no intention of distributing private customer information and they remain committed to protecting their customers’ privacy. Nearly two years ago, the FCC issued an advisory to telecommunications providers like STRATA directing them to abide by “core customer privacy protections.” This guidance remains in effect today and was not affected by the recent repeal.

“It is important to us that our customers know that recent action by our government did not reduce or eliminate measures in place to protect the privacy of customer information,” STRATA Networks CEO/General Manager Bruce Todd said. “STRATA is working with our industry partners to ensure that the best practices are created to guarantee the protection of consumer data, and, as a local company with a strong commitment to our communities, we have a vested interest in seeing that those protections are followed.”

For more information, contact Tyler Rasmussen at (435) 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 stratanetworks.com.

March 17, 2017 - STRATA's Charity Golf Classic to Benefit KLiC

STRATA’S CHARITY GOLF CLASSIC TO BENEFIT KLiC

(Roosevelt, Utah) – March 17, 2017

STRATA Networks is excited to announce that the proceeds from their 16th Annual Charity Golf Classic will be donated to KLiC (Keeping Love in Communities). The tournaments will take place on May 12th at the Roosevelt City Golf Course & May 19th at the Vernal Dinaland Golf Course.

Both tournaments will consist of a morning & afternoon flight and will follow a shotgun start, four-person scramble format. Golfers in both flights will be treated to a barbecue lunch, free range, and gift vouchers for free gear. There will also be opportunities to participate in a mobile silent auction & raffle, hole-in-one contests, and other activities throughout the course. STRATA’s tournament is one of the first local tournaments of the season and spots fill up quickly each year. Those interested in signing up can register a team online at www.stratanetworks.com/golf or by calling 622-5007.

Over the past 16 years, more than $120,000 has been raised at STRATA’s Charity Golf Classics - all of which has stayed local, supporting non-profit organizations right here in the Uintah Basin. In past years, proceeds have been donated to local entities including Victims Advocacy Groups, Search & Rescue Squads, local food pantries, and childhood & youth educational programs. This year, STRATA is looking forward to supporting KLiC, a very valuable resource in the Uintah Basin.

KLiC helps individuals in the Uintah Basin who are fighting cancer by providing supplemental assistance including gas vouchers for travel to treatments or doctor appointments, overnight accommodation for treatments, and gift cards for groceries or household utilities. The organization has been supporting the Uintah Basin since 2010 and is made up of 100% volunteers, relying fully on fundraising & community donations. The public can learn more about KLiC by finding them on Facebook or calling 401-2445.

The contributions made through STRATA’s Charity Golf Classic would not be possible without the generous support of community sponsors. STRATA invites you to learn more about the different sponsorship opportunities available by visiting www.stratanetworks.com/golf.

For more information, contact Tyler Rasmussen at (435) 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.

January 20, 2017 - STRATA Announces Gig Internet Speeds

STRATA ANNOUNCES GIG INTERNET SPEEDS

(Roosevelt, Utah) – Jan. 20, 2017

STRATA Networks recently announced that they are now offering internet speeds up to 1 Gigabit per second, becoming the first and only internet provider offering Gigabit service to the Uintah Basin over a fiber optic network.

Fiber optic infrastructure provides virtually unlimited bandwidth potential and infinite possibilities for future internet applications. With speeds of 1,000 Mbps, Gigabit internet allows customers to almost instantly access all of their favorite online content on multiple devices, without sacrificing speed or connectivity.

“This is a big development for the Uintah Basin,” Bruce Todd, STRATA’s CEO/General Manager, said. “It adds another quality-of-life factor that will help our rural community stay connected to the rest of the world. The possibilities that can come from this are limitless – it has the potential to drive economic growth, increase productivity for local businesses, and to ensure our technology readiness long into the future.”

Irene Hansen, Director of Duchesne County Economic Development, says that this announcement is coming at a crucial time for the Uintah Basin, as businesses work tirelessly to diversify their revenue streams.

“The Uintah Basin currently finds itself in a changing economic landscape and many leaders are searching for good news and a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Hansen. “STRATA Networks is offering not just that, but an opportunity that will revolutionize the way business is done. We look forward to a major shift to a dynamic, technology-driven future where residents can pursue careers and opportunities in a global marketplace.”

Gigabit speeds are delivered across STRATA’s fiber optic network, which is the most advanced broadband technology available. This technology has been in the Basin for years; however, in recent months, the cooperative has increased their efforts to expand their network to more Uintah Basin residents.

Currently, there are over 3,500 locations in the Uintah Basin connected to fiber and STRATA anticipates another 500 will be connected by the end of 2017. Those interested in finding out if fiber is available in their area are encouraged to call (435) 622-5007 or visit one of STRATA’s store locations.

Customers in fiber areas can sign up for STRATA’s Gig package for as low as $79.99 per month, when taken with STRATA’s landline phone service.

For more information, please contact Tyler Rasmussen at 622-5007, or email 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.

January 17, 2017 - STRATA Provides Opportunities for Local Youth

STRATA PROVIDES OPPORTUNITIES FOR LOCAL YOUTH

(Roosevelt, Utah) – Jan. 17, 2017

STRATA Networks is now accepting applications for scholarships and other youth programs. The cooperative will be awarding several scholarships this year to students whose parents or guardians are members of STRATA in good standing. The recipients of these scholarships can be either graduating seniors or nontraditional students wishing to return to higher education. The company encourages those interested in applying to learn more about which scholarships they qualify for by visiting their website.

In addition to providing scholarships, STRATA also offers opportunities for students to develop leadership skills through participating in the Foundation for Rural Services (FRS) Youth Tour and URECA Youth Leadership Challenge.

Foundation for Rural Services Youth Tour to Washington, D.C.

This spring, up to six high school students, ages 16-17, will be sponsored by STRATA to attend the Foundation for Rural (FRS) Youth Tour to Washington, D.C. The tour is an all-expense-paid educational trip that brings together high school students from across rural America to explore the nation’s capital and learn what is being done to support rural communities. While there, students will visit some of the most historical sites in the nation, attend meetings with members of congress, and learn about the telecommunications industry.

To be eligible to apply for the FRS Youth Tour, students must be age 16 or 17 at the time of this year’s tour: June 3-7, 2017.

URECA Michael F. Peterson Youth Leadership Challenge at Snow College

STRATA will also sponsor a group of high school juniors to attend the annual URECA Youth Leadership Challenge at Snow College the week of July 10-14, 2017. URECA 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 cooperatives, like STRATA, function.

Applications for all of STRATA’s youth programs can be found online at stratanetworks.com/youthopportunities, or picked up from a STRATA location in Roosevelt or Vernal. Applications must be submitted to STRATA’s main office no later than March 3, 2017.

For more information, please contact Tyler Rasmussen at 622-5007, or email 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.

January 2017 - Fiber-optic internet coming to Daggett County

FIBER-OPTIC INTERNET COMING TO DAGGET COUNTY

(Roosevelt, Utah) – Jan. 9, 2017

The Utah Education and Telehealth Network and Strata Networks plan to bring fiber-optic internet service to Daggett County by spring 2019, greatly improving the speed of service to the area.

For now, plans include service to Manila High School, Flaming Gorge Elementary in Dutch John and Uintah Basin Medical Center's Manila Clinic. Service may also extend to area cell towers, an electrical substation near the Flaming Gorge dam and to UDOT cameras along U.S. routes 44 or 191.

"We're really just trying to get faster fiber-based internet to the schools," UETN Associate Director Dennis Sampson said.

The project is budgeted at $3.3 million.

UETN, which provides internet and communication infrastructure for Utah's schools, secured 80 percent of the project's funding - $2.64 million - through E-Rate, the Schools and Libraries Program of the Universal Service Fund.

The Universal Service Fund comes from fees the U.S. government charges telecommunications companies with the goal of funding universal access to telecommunications. The fees are often passed onto consumers, appearing as a "universal service fee" on bills.

UDOT will provide $500,000 and UETN will provide $160,000.

Although the current project will not provide residential or commercial fiber optic service, Sampson said Strata may choose to do so on its own.

"Strata obviously has some business interests," Sampson said. "They're doing the project."

Strata Marketing/Public Relations Manager Tyler Rasmussen wrote in an email that service could be connected to local internet providers in Daggett County.

"Strata will not be providing fiber service to residents as part of this project," Rasmussen wrote. "The fiber service will be delivered to the two previously mentioned schools, according to the Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN) contract, and may be delivered to the other locations/organizations according to future needs and discussions."

In addition to benefiting education and healthcare, Sampson said that UETN and Daggett County leaders hoped the project would also improve the area's economy.

"Our intent is also to help the economic development, as well," Sampson said.

Daggett County Commissioner Jack Lytle said he was glad the service would extend to the county.

"We look at it as an economic development project," Lytle said. "It'll be a great opportunity for the county."

Cable for the project will be laid from Vernal to Daggett County adjacent to U.S. Route 191. Once in Daggett County, the cables will be routed along both U.S. Route 44 and U.S. Route 191 to reach Manila and Dutch John, respectively.

Source: Joshua Murdock, Uintah Basin Standard