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By Darcy Runestad | October 20, 2022

We will be performing network maintenance this week that may briefly impact all services. To minimize the impact to our customers, this work is being completed in a maintenance window. Work will begin Friday, 10/21 at 12:01 am. The work is not expected to take very long, but you may experience sporadic periods of connectivity…

Major Service Outage Alert Affecting All Customers

By Darcy Runestad | June 13, 2022

**Update 6-22-22 5:30pm** TV Customers…We have continually worked on TV service. At this point, we are seeing set top boxes connect across the network. Customers may need to reboot boxes multiple times in order to get through the boot sequence. Once the boot sequence completes, some boxes will prompt for an IP address. That IP…

Service Outage in Roland and Jewell

By Darcy Runestad | May 18, 2022

*UPDATE 9:30AM* Our techs have replaced some equipment in our office and service should now be restored to all customers. Please power cycle your equipment if your internet or cable TV is still out and give us a call if you continue to experience further issues. Thanks! Customers in Roland and Jewell may be experiencing…

Brief Service Interruption in Story City Tonight

By Darcy Runestad | February 16, 2022

Story City customers please be advised of a planned service interruption tonight. We will be performing maintenance on equipment beginning at midnight. This service interruption may affect all services but should not last longer than 15 minutes. Thank you!

Planned Outage For Roland 10/5/21

By Darcy Runestad | October 5, 2021

Roland customers will be without service (TV and Internet) tomorrow night while we perform splicing activities related to a county bridge project. We anticipate beginning no earlier than 11:00 pm and expect to be complete by 3:00 am. Staff will be monitoring progress during this time and our help desk will be available via phone…

Brief Service Interruption in Jewell – Service Restored

By Darcy Runestad | July 7, 2021

Customers in Jewell may experience interruption in service this afternoon as our techs work to fix a cable that was damaged by a tree trimming crew. We expect these interruptions to last just a short time. Thanks for your patience!   EDIT: As of 5:15pm service has been restored to all affected Jewell customers.

Broadband Grant Awarded to SMTC!

By Erica Schaeffer | March 17, 2021

We are incredibly excited to announce that we are one of the recipients of Broadband Grant Funds from the State of Iowa!  SMTC has been awarded $1,521,075.00 to be used to expand our fiber network to include more of rural Story City and rural Stratford as well as the Fraser and Ridgeport areas.  Engineering staff…

General Manager’s Update Regarding Video Outage in Gilbert, Jewell, and Roland

By Erica Schaeffer | December 8, 2020

Hello. My name is Steve Frey and I’m the General Manager at Stratford Telephone. I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for the patience and understanding they have demonstrated during this ongoing video outage. To provide a little background, the company that provides our Guide Data and DVR Functionality made some changes…

Cable Update for Thursday

By Erica Schaeffer | December 4, 2020

Sorry for the lack of updates throughout the day today, it’s been all hands on deck working to get boxes upgraded and deployed to homes. We continue to see boxes upgrading on their own today and we are also manually updating boxes and swapping them out for nonworking boxes. We will continue doing this as…

Cable TV Issue Update

By Erica Schaeffer | December 2, 2020

Final update for Wednesday (8:13 PM): We continue to work on a solution for any boxes that aren’t upgrading. We will need to replace any boxes that say “Boot Error” or have the “Entone” screen flashing on and off. We will begin replacing these boxes tomorrow, giving priority to customers who still have no working…