On January 1, 2019, Minburn Communications automatically upgraded all broadband customers to symmetrical service as a new standard. Shortly thereafter, office staff moved into the new Corporate Office located at 100 S. Main, Woodward, IA. A community-wide Ribbon Cutting and Open House was held where several new programs and services were introduced including an Investor Relations campaign featuring a new Shareholder Portal and new Video Entertainment TV features and enhancements.
The fiber ring was completed in 2018 and made fully redundant from Minburn to the Perry Central Office. An additional 12-miles of fiber was constructed west of Perry. To accommodate growth, the old Woodward office building was demolished and a new corporate building was constructed.
2017 marked the year Minburn Communications received its first Impact Award for their involvement in state certification of the city of Perry’s 34-acre Industrial Park and the city of Woodward’s 186-acre Eco-Park. At the end of the year, the company had 232 fiber route miles and
Minburn Communications converted the Woodward exchange from Copper facilities to Fiber To The Home. This 4.7 million dollar project was completed in 2015, bringing us one step closer to the goal of Gig service in all of our fiber areas.
In 2014 construction of fiber to 150 businesses in Perry was completed. These enhancements allowed our company to increase broadband Internet speeds and 100Mbps service was introduced to fiber customers. A third fixed wireless Internet tower was added to our rural network. Service is now available to customers living in and around the communities of Bouton, Dallas Center and northern rural Adel.
In the fall of 2013, the company constructed a fiber optic network to 140 businesses in Perry. This construction allows us to provide voice, broadband and video service to an entirely new customer base. Wireless antenna equipment was installed on two sites in Dallas County for fixed wireless Internet service. – In April 2013 our Minburn office became the second Village Post Office (VPO) in the State of Iowa.
Three-quarters of a mile of fiber was constructed from our Woodward facilities through state property into the Woodward State Hospital in January 2012. Minburn Communications began providing TV service to the resident cottages located at the Hospital.
In November 2011, we partnered with a neighboring telephone company to purchase a new middleware solution for our IPTV service, allowing us to provide significantly better service as well as many new features.
In 2010 Fiber to The Home was installed in the Minburn, town and rural exchange which gave customers access to voice, multimedia, and data services over one unified transport. An application to the Department of Agriculture for a Rural Utility Service (RUS) loan for the project was submitted in April. Construction of the fiber began on July 6th and ended for the year on December 22nd. In November, a newGenBand Softswitch was installed to provide voice enhancements plus additional services. The softswitch replaced the Nortel DMS10 Host/Remote Switch.
A history of telecom innovation
Since Minburn Telephone Company’s start in 1903, the company has worked hard to be both innovative and progressive in advancing the technology and tools necessary to meet the evolving needs of our customers. Every day we strive to improve the ways our customers communicate, while working to enrich the communities in which we work, live, and play.