October 2017

Acentek Named Certified Gig-Capable Provider

AcenTek has been recognized by NTCA as a Certified Gig-Capable Provider for delivering gigabit broadband speeds in the La Crescent community. NTCA is the Rural Broadband Association which represents nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that lead innovation in rural and small-town America.

AcenTek has built their network in La Crescent to be capable of delivering Internet speeds of up to 1 gigabit per second, which is 100 times faster than those currently available in many U.S. households. To be named a Certified Gig-Capable Provider AcenTek had to show that gigabit technology is currently available within 95% La Crescent and that such service can be provided without new trenching or stringing new aerial facilities. This had to be confirmed by a letter from an engineering firm or other independent source involved in the company’s network planning, deployment or operation. AcenTek met this criteria and will be recognized in NTCA media, on the NTCA website, and during association conferences and events because of the certification.

“I applaud AcenTek for its commitment to delivering the Internet’s fastest speeds—an accomplishment worthy of much praise considering the unique and challenging circumstances small, community-based telecommunications providers operate under every day in serving some of our country’s most rural and remote communities,” said NTCA Chief Executive Officer, Shirley Bloomfield.

AcenTek, the local provider of Internet, Voice and Video since 1950 serves Southeast Minnesota, Northeast Iowa and portions of Michigan.