Mankato, Minnesota — The landline telephone company that took over for US West in Boyden, Doon, Hawarden, Hull, Ireton, Rock Rapids, Rock Valley, and Sibley has been purchased by Consolidated Communications. Enventis, formerly Hickory Tech began using the Consolidated name this week. The Mankato-based Enventis changed its name from Hickory Tech less than 20 months ago in October, 2013.
Consolidated Communications announced that the company has started doing business in its Enventis markets under the Consolidated Communications name and brand.
Consolidated’s northwest Iowa representative Cassie Radtke tells us about the change.
She gives us a little background about the company that purchased Enventis.
Radtke says they now have service territory in 11 states.
She says their focus remains on providing reliable services at competitive prices and ultimately delivering a better experience.
Radtke says the move of their northwest Iowa office from Rock Valley to Rock Rapids is also a recent development.
She says the letterheads, brochures, buildings, and vehicles will begin sporting the new logo soon, as replacements are phased in.
Company officials say customers will not be required to change their email addresses.
More information is available on the Consolidated Communications website at www.consolidated.com/enventis.
Hickory Tech had purchased the northwest Iowa exchanges from US West in 1997, and for a number of years used “Heartland Telecommunications” as its Iowa brand. US West was a “baby bell” and a successor of Northwestern Bell.
Incidentally, US West merged with Quest in 2000, and in 2011 became CenturyLink. CenturyLink continues to serve several northwest Iowa communities as well, including Sheldon.
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