Press Releases

Triangle Starting Construction on Havre Phase 1 Fiber Buildout

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Triangle Communications (Triangle) has hired Rocky Mountain Contractors to complete the fiber optic construction for Phase 1 of this exciting project to bring fiber-fed voice and Internet service to Havre. 

Construction is expected to begin on Monday, June 19th.  See the map for the areas where the aerial fiber cable is being placed.  In the coming months, Triangle will contact businesses to schedule installs.

Triangle would like to thank the Havre community for their patience during the construction process.  For your safety, please watch out for our crews while they are working.  For more information, please contact Bethany Chinadle at 1-800-332-1201.

Member Web Browsing History

Recently new federal legislation was passed that allows Internet Service Providers to sell their customers’ web browsing history. Triangle wants to reassure our members that no matter what the law allows we do not collect and sell member’s web browsing history.

Our members’ privacy is of the utmost importance to our member-owned and governed cooperative. Triangle has never sold member web browsing history and have no plans to do so in the future regardless of what the rules and regulations may allow.

It’s your cooperative and your data, period. Any provider who sells their customers’ web browsing history without their consent is putting profits ahead of the trust of its customers and Triangle believes that flies in the face of common decency, customer privacy, and certainly our cooperative values and principles.

Big Sandy Library Receives Grants from Triangle and FRS

Triangle Communications (Triangle), on behalf of The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS), recently presented the Chouteau County Library Foundation a grant in the amount of $2,500.  The money assisted the Big Sandy Library to complete a new four-station public use computer center in their recently completed library building. Triangle also awarded $1,000 to the project through their Community Vitality Grant program.     

FRS named the winners of their 2016 grants for efforts focused on advancing the quality of life and enabling economic development in rural America. The projects are endorsed by rural broadband companies such as Triangle which is a member of NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association.

In Triangle’s endorsement of the project, CEO, Craig Gates noted, “Rural libraries are a crucial part of the small town way of life and as anchor institutions, are a key link to increased broadband adoption.  The Big Sandy Library provides the only public access to computers and the Internet in the community and we applaud the efforts of the Chouteau County Library Foundation and their vision to expand services within their new library.”

Triangle Communications Looking to Offer Voice and Internet Services in Havre

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Triangle Communications (Triangle) is embarking on an exciting project to offer fiber optic broadband and telephone services in Havre. Triangle's CEO, Craig Gates, commented, “Havre is where many of our employees call home.  We want to be the communications provider for our friends and neighbors. We are taking the first step to do just that.”  

Triangle has minimum build-out requirements in order to make this project viable and to move forward with construction. Triangle executives are now meeting with businesses in Phase 1 (see map). Those committing by December 15, 2016, should be enjoying their new Triangle services in the summer of 2017. Services include voice and Broadband (high-speed) Internet.  Speeds starting at 75 Megabits/second delivered via Triangle's fiber optic network at very reasonable rates with an additional discount for those signing a five-year term.

If Phase 1 is successful, Triangle will look to expand this project to cover more business and residential areas. 

"This has been a long time coming and we've had hundreds of requests to serve Havre over the years, so we're extremely excited to get the ball rolling and provide local businesses with high-quality service and responsive local support," explained Robert Pleninger, Triangle's Engineering and Operations Manager.

For more information, please contact Bethany Chinadle at 406-394-7807.

Triangle Annual Meeting of Members Well Attended

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Triangle Telephone Cooperative Association, Inc., doing business as Triangle Communications (Triangle), held its 63rd Annual Meeting of Members on Saturday, October 15, 2016.  Close to 170 voting members plus numerous guests attended the meeting held in the Student Union Building on the campus of Montana State University-Northern in Havre.  The 300 attendees enjoyed a delicious meal catered by MSU-Northern.

During the business portion of the meeting fellow Board members, CEO/GM, Craig Gates, and Triangle member, Senator Jon Tester, thanked retiring Board member Verlin Reichelt for his 31 years of dedicated service to the cooperative.  Many important topics related to the cooperative were discussed including the changes coming from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that will reduce the funding Triangle receives from the Universal Service Fund (USF); how Triangle would offset the reduction in funding by continuing to look at ways to complete fiber upgrades in a way to reach more of our membership for less; and the increase in Triangle Mobile coverage with more towers and improved offerings.

Doug Lowry, District 1, and Don Bitz, District 2, were re-elected to represent their respective districts on the Triangle Board.  Dave Schwarzbach was elected to represent District 6 (at large) to replace retiring Triangle Board member, Verlin Reichelt.  Tom Bangs remains President of the Board, Rich Stuker will serve as Vice President and Rick Pokorny remains Secretary/Treasurer.

The winner of Triangle’s Annual Photo Contest was determined by balloting at the meeting.  The $200 grand prize photo titled “Harvest” was taken by Jill Conover of Broadview.  Christine Bakke of Reed Point received second place.  Third place was Wayne Silvan of Big Sandy. Kathleen Hughes of Dodson took the fourth place photo.  In fifth place was Lacie Snider of Hogeland and Stephanie Genereux of Big Sandy took sixth place.    The winning photos can be viewed on Triangle’s Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/TriangleCommunications and will be featured on the Keeping You Connected magazine covers in 2017.

Triangle Mailing Out Capital Credit Checks

The Triangle Telephone Cooperative, doing business as Triangle Communications (Triangle), Board of Trustees approved a general retirement of capital credits of approximately $861,120.67.  This sum represents 30% of the capital credits earned by members in 1991 and 0.005% (1/2 of 1%) of those earned from 1992 to 2015. 

Triangle is mailing out capital credit checks to current and former cooperative members the beginning of October.  The amount of each check varies based on how much usage the member had with the cooperative during the year or years being retired. 

Capital credits are just one benefit of cooperative membership.  Because the members are the owners of the cooperative, each member is allocated a portion of the cooperative’s profits each year.  These allocations are paid out as general retirements in future years depending on the financial position of the cooperative.

Triangle Communications Hosting Annual Meeting on October 15th in Havre

Triangle Telephone Cooperative Association, Inc., doing business as Triangle Communications (Triangle), celebrates 63 years of service at Triangle’s Annual Meeting of Members on Saturday, October 15, 2016.  The meeting will take place in the Student Union Building on the campus of Montana State University-Northern in Havre, MT. 

Registration begins at 8:30 am, the business meeting starts at 10:00 am and lunch will be served following the meeting.  Trustees for three districts will be elected by members attending.  There will be attendance gifts, as well as door prizes including processed beef and pork purchased from local 4-H members.  Up to six cash prizes are available to members’ children in attendance.  The final voting for the annual Triangle Photo Contest takes place at the meeting.  The Grand Prize winner will be able to choose either a Remote Viewing Starter Kit or a Home Security/Monitoring Starter Kit. 

Triangle Removing Aerial Cable in Town of Chester

Triangle Communications (Triangle) crews will be in the town of Chester soon to remove the aerial cable.  The copper cable is no longer needed with the new fiber optic cable that is connected to each home and business in Chester. 

The work will take some time to complete and crews will have to enter yards to remove the old cable attachment from the homes and businesses.  Triangle appreciates the patience and cooperation of all the residents of Chester during this important upgrade.  Please contact Triangle’s Havre office at 1-800-332-1201 if you have any questions or concerns regarding the work being done in the area.

Triangle Communications & HCE Earn Governor’s Safety Award

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Triangle Communications (Triangle) and Hill County Electric Cooperative (HCE) were recently awarded jointly one of three 2016 Governor’s Safety Achievement Awards.  This award recognizes employers in Montana for safety excellence and leadership. 

Todd Solomon, Triangle and HCE’s Safety & Loss Control Specialist, accepted the award on behalf of Triangle and HCE at Safety Fest MT in Bozeman.  When accepting the award from Lt. Governor, Mike Cooney, Mr. Solomon said, “Safety is not only a priority, it is a core value for our companies.  Our employees think about safety every day.”

Triangle and HCE are proud of all their employees, management and Board of Directors for their commitment and effort to continually promote a culture of safety.   

Triangle Communications Grant Benefits Area Non-Profit Organizations

Triangle Communications (Triangle) is supporting eight area non-profit organizations through the Triangle 4-H Beef Grant Program.  Each year Triangle purchases 4-H livestock at local fairs in its service area.  Processing and packaging is done by area processors.  Non-profit organizations in the area can apply for the grant to be used in their daily operations or for fundraising purposes.  Winners are chosen by random drawing from all eligible applications received. 

This year’s winners include:  American Legion Post 25, White Sulphur Springs; Friends of Beaver Creek Park, Havre; Great Plains Dinosaur Museum, Malta; Highwood Community Food Bank, Fort Benton; Hobson Women’s Club; Judith River Senior Center, Hobson; Molt Volunteer Fire Department/QRU and Sweet Grass Cancer Alliance, Big Timber.  

The premium 4-H beef will be purchased from 4-H livestock auctions at the Great Northern Fair in Havre and the Sweet Grass County Fair in Big Timber this summer. 

View all of Triangle’s Community and Economic Development Opportunities at www.itsTriangle.com or call 1-800-332-1201.  

Triangle Removing Copper Cable in White Sulphur Springs

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Triangle Communications (Triangle) will have crews in the town of White Sulphur Springs beginning in late February to
remove the old copper lines from poles and on homes and businesses.  The Triangle crews will have to enter yards to remove the copper cable still connected to the outside of homes and businesses.  This project will take several weeks for Triangle to complete. 

Please contact Triangle at 1-800-332-1201 if you have any questions.  Triangle would like to thank everyone in White Sulphur Springs for their patience and understanding as we complete the final phase of the Fiber to the Home upgrade.

Triangle Announces Smart Rural Connected Community Challenge Recipients

Triangle Communications (Triangle) is pleased to announce the following communities as recipients of the 2015-2016 Smart Rural Connected Community Challenge: Sweet Grass County, the Town of Big Sandy and the City of Malta/Malta Chamber of Commerce. 

The selected communities and their Stakeholder Committees (identified in each application) will work closely with Anne Boothe, Triangle’s Economic Development Specialist, to discuss technology assets in their community and how they relate to various sectors of the local economy.  The overall goal of the Challenge is to develop a simple, written Broadband Action Plan that includes priorities and strategies to enable economic development in their community through broadband technologies.  A $2500 incentive grant award will be made to all selected applicants to implement one or more of the items identified in their completed plan.

Past Challenge recipients include Harlem/Fort Belknap and the Meagher County Chamber of Commerce in White Sulphur Springs.  Harlem’s committee identified a lack of knowledge about existing broadband opportunities and broadband plus, the difficulty of certain residents to access the Internet.  Their action included educating their community through a Technology Tour that showcased available technology assets. It also included the purchase and installation of smart TV’s at the Harlem Library and Senior Center.  The TV’s are used for workshops and other opportunities that provide and encourage public broadband access.

The White Sulphur Springs Stakeholder Committee recognized the new opportunities provided with the completion of Triangle’s fiber optics system upgrade but identified their lack of capacity to carry out local economic development activities to promote their community as an ideal location for entrepreneurs and teleworkers.  They continue to investigate options to finalize a community branding effort and create a marketing plan that incorporates broadband with economic development opportunities.

“Broadband connectivity and being able to conduct business, agriculture, or run our homes efficiently and securely go hand in hand.  We are fortunate in Malta and Phillips County to have the high-speed connections in place to positively impact the way we run our businesses and lives, and use technology to its fullest. We are thrilled to be awarded this grant from Triangle and to use it toward telling our area’s story,” says Dina Meneely, Malta Area Chamber of Commerce Secretary. 

The first meeting of the Malta Stakeholder Committee has been set for Monday, January 25th at 6:30 PM in the Phillips County Library meeting room.  Interested persons wishing to be added to the Committee are asked to contact Dina Meneely at the Malta Chamber of Commerce.  Please call 654-1776 or email Malta@itsTriangle.com in advance so resource materials can be provided to all members before the meeting.

Triangle Awards $1,000 Grant to Reed Point Community Club

Triangle Communications recently presented a $1,000 check to the Reed Point Community Club to help the community with the installation of a new digital message board.    

The new message board is a joint project between the Reed Point Community Club and the Boost Club and is led by young leaders, Trent and Tyson Ott.  The Ott brothers are both members of the Reed Point High School FCCLA Chapter and will present their experiences as part of their chapter service project.  Additional funds are currently being raised and project members hope the new message board will be finalized by next fall. 

Angela Allestad, Public Relations Specialist for Triangle, commented, “Triangle’s Community Vitality Grant Program offers monetary support to organizations or groups that are positively impacting their communities within the Triangle service area.”  She added, “Triangle is proud to support this project which mirrors our goals to enhance the quality of life, educational opportunity and economic development in our communities.”

Triangle 62nd Annual Meeting of Members Well Attended

Triangle Telephone Cooperative Association, Inc., doing business as Triangle Communications (Triangle), held its 62nd Annual Meeting of Members on Saturday, October 17, 2015.  Over130 voting members plus numerous guests attended the meeting held in the Student Union Building on the campus of Montana State University-Northern in Havre.  The 240 attendees enjoyed a delicious meal catered by MSU-Northern.

Triangle Board President, Tom Bangs, opened the business portion of the meeting by talking to members about the new Triangle mission and vision statements.  He also discussed how Triangle is truly a Broadband company that is working hard to give our members access to higher speeds any way we can, plus Triangle Mobile coverage continues to expand.  Mr. Bangs thanked retiring General Manager, Rick Stevens, for his service to Triangle. Board Member, Don Bitz, presented Rick with a plaque from NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association for his years of service and dedication to the telecom industry.   Mr. Stevens spoke about the future of Triangle, keeping our communities vital, the merger of all of Triangle landline subscribers into the cooperative, he also encouraged members to stop by and visit Triangle’s Home Experience Room at the Havre office.  Rick wrapped up the meeting by thanking the Board and talking about how much hetruly enjoyed his career.

Rick Pokorny, District 4, and Richard Stuker, District 5, were re-elected to represent their respective districts on the Triangle Board.  Tom Bangs will remain President of the Board, Verlin Reichelt will serve as Vice President and Rick Pokorny remains Secretary/Treasurer.

The winner of Triangle’s Annual Photo Contest was determined by balloting at the meeting.  The $200 grand prize photo titled “Best Friends” was taken by Shannon Caraway of Rapelje.  Karla Vaughn of Havre received second place.  Third place was a tie between Barbara Guy of Moore and Eric Visocan and Kristina Smith of Fort Benton.  Jo Lynn Savage of Havre took the fourth place photo and the fifth place photo was taken by Lisa Myers of Big Sandy.   The winning photos can be viewed on Triangle’s Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/TriangleCommunications and will be featured on the Keeping You Connected magazine covers in 2016.

Triangle Capital Credit Checks Mailed End of October

The Triangle Telephone Cooperative, doing business as Triangle Communications (Triangle), Board of Trustees approved a general retirement of capital credits of approximately $1,076,475.71.  This sum represents 100% of the capital credits earned by members in 1990 and 0.5% of those earned from 1991 to 2014. 

Triangle is mailing out capital credit checks to current and former cooperative members the end of October.  The amount of each check varies based on how much usage the member had with the cooperative during the year or years being retired. 

Capital credits are just one benefit of cooperative membership.  Because the members are the owners of the cooperative, each member is allocated a portion of the cooperative’s profits each year.  These allocations are paid out as general retirements in future years depending on the financial position of the cooperative.

Triangle Announces 2015 Smart Rural Connected Community Challenge Program

As part of its commitment to strengthening rural communities, Triangle Communications (Triangle) again encourages applicants for its Smart Rural Connected Community Challenge program.  Two communities from within Triangle’s service area will be selected as Connected Communities in 2015.  Triangle is excited to offer this unique opportunity and looks forward to working closely with the selected communities to leverage the value of Broadband while seeking to increase the vitality of these communities in a connected world.

As awardees, each community will receive a $2,500 grant to be used to implement projects outlined in a local Broadband Action Plan developed as part of the Community Challenge process.  Anne Boothe, Triangle’s Economic Development Specialist, describes why Triangle is so excited about this program, “Broadband can be an incredible economic development opportunity for our communities.   Individuals and businesses are using technology to overcome distance and geography in choosing where they want to live and work.” 

Eligible applicants can be recognized non-profits (including chambers of commerce or economic developments entities), municipal and Tribal organizations.  Applications are available at www.itsTriangle.com under the Economic Development tab.  The deadline to submit is Friday, November 20, 2015 by 5:00 PM.  Successful applicants will be notified before year end and the program will begin early in 2016.

Triangle Communications Hosting Annual Meeting on October 17th

Triangle Telephone Cooperative Association, Inc., doing business as Triangle Communications (Triangle), celebrates over 60 years of service at Triangle’s Annual Meeting of Members on Saturday, October 17, 2015.  The meeting will take place in the Student Union Building on the campus of Montana State University-Northern in Havre, MT. 

Registration begins at 8:30 am, the business meeting starts at 10:00 am and lunch will be served following the meeting.  Trustees for two districts will be elected by members attending.  There will be attendance gifts, as well as door prizes including processed beef and pork purchased from local 4-H members.  Up to six cash prizes will be available to members’ children in attendance.  The final voting for the annual Triangle Photo Contest will also take place at the meeting.  Members attending the meeting will be eligible to win one of two grand prizes, a Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 12.2 or an Amazon Echo.

Triangle Hosting Smart Rural Community Presentation in Big Sandy

Triangle Communications was recently honored by NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association as one of 13 rural communications firms in the US and Canada with the Smart Rural Community (SRC) Showcase Award.   The award is twofold and earned in part for Triangle’s work in deploying advanced Broadband technologies throughout north central and central Montana.

Triangle is hosting an informational presentation about Smart Rural Community in Big Sandy on Thursday, July 9th at 6:00PM in conjunction with the regularly scheduled meeting of the Big Sandy Town Council in the Town of Big Sandy office.  The  public and all interested parties are urged to attend.

Triangle wants to share in the excitement and optimism of what this national recognition conveys.   The award also recognizes how those technologies have enabled innovations by local governments, schools, healthcare facilities, businesses and our members in general to streamline services, provide new opportunities and augment economic development in their rural towns and cities throughout our service area.  Broadband technology overcomes distance and business is no longer tied to a geographic location – this rural advantage allows people to live, work and play where they want to – in the rural places we all know and appreciate.

Make sure to view the RURAL ADVANTAGE video which showcases individuals and businesses throughout our service area to utilize Broadband technologies.

Please contact Anne Boothe, Triangle’s Economic Development Specialist at aboothe@itsTriangle.net or by calling 1.800.332.1201 with any questions or requests to use the SRC logo or brand in your community.

Triangle Photo Contest Open

Triangle Communications (Triangle) is taking submissions for their 2015 Photo Contest. The contest is open to all Triangle landline subscribers of all ages and photographic experience. Eligible photos must be taken within the Triangle service area and must be previously unpublished, high resolution photos. For complete eligibility information or to submit a photo, visit www.itsTriangle.com and click on the Photo Contest button under the featured video. Limit is two entries per person.
The deadline for entries is 11:59 pm on July 12, 2015. The top six winning photos will receive cash prizes, including $200 for the Grand Prize photo. Winners are selected in October.

Triangle Hosting Smart Rural Community Presentation in Malta

Triangle Communications was recently honored by NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association as one of 13 rural communications firms in the US and Canada with the Smart Rural Community (SRC) Showcase Award.   The award is twofold and earned in part for Triangle’s work in deploying advanced Broadband technologies throughout north central and central Montana.

Triangle is hosting two informational presentations about Smart Rural Community for the Malta community on Tuesday, May 26th.  The first is at 11:30 am in the Commissioners Office in the Phillips County Court House and the second at 5:00 pm in the Council Chambers of the Malta City Hall. The public and any interested parties are encouraged to attend either or both presentations.

Triangle wants to share in the excitement and optimism of what this national recognition conveys.   The award also recognizes how those technologies have enabled innovations by local governments, schools, healthcare facilities, businesses and our members in general to streamline services, provide new opportunities and augment economic development in their rural towns and cities throughout our service area.  Broadband technology overcomes distance and business is no longer tied to a geographic location – this rural advantage allows people to live, work and play where they want to – in the rural places we all know and appreciate.

To learn more about the initiative, visit www.ntca.org or our website www.itsTriangle.com.  Make sure to view the award winning RURAL ADVANTAGE video which showcases individuals and businesses throughout our service area to utilize broadband technologies.

Please contact Anne Boothe, Triangle’s Economic Development Specialist at aboothe@itsTriangle.net or by calling 1.800.332.1201with any questions or requests to use the SRC logo or brand in your community.

Triangle Communications (Triangle) provides local telephone service to over 16,000 access lines in 39 exchanges located in 16 counties.  Triangle provides various telecommunications services including mobile service and Broadband Internet.  The Triangle mission is to provide advanced, high quality, reliable communications services through personal service to enhance quality of life, educational opportunity and economic development in our communities.

About NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association

 

NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. NTCA advocates on behalf of its members in the legislative and regulatory arenas, and it provides training and development; publications and industry events; and an array of employee benefit programs. In an era of exploding technology, deregulation and marketplace competition, NTCA’s members are leading the IP evolution for rural consumers, delivering technologies that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business. Because of their efforts, rural America is fertile ground for innovation in economic development and commerce, education, health care, government services, security and smart energy use. Visit us at www.ntca.org.

Triangle Hosting Smart Rural Community Presentation in Chester

Triangle Hosting Smart Rural Community Presentation in Chester

Triangle Communications was recently honored by NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association as one of 13 rural communications firms in the US and Canada with the Smart Rural Community (SRC) Showcase Award.   The award is twofold and earned in part for Triangle’s work in deploying advanced Broadband technologies throughout north central and central Montana.

Triangle is hosting an informational presentation about Smart Rural Community in Chester on Wednesday, May 13th at 7:00 pm in conjunction with the regularly scheduled meeting of the Town Council in the Town of Chester office.  The  public and all interested parties are urged to attend.

Triangle’s Webmail Update

As we mentioned in the 2015 January/February Keeping You Connected magazine, Triangle Communications (Triangle) is preparing to update our Webmail service. This will affect ONLY subscribers who use Triangle’s Webmail service.
The upgrade will take place starting on the evening of February 3rd and the new Webmail services will become available on the morning of February 4th. No e-mail should be lost, but the older messages may take several hours to migrate to the new webmail platform. Minor service interruptions may be experienced during the upgrade.
Accessing the Webmail service after the upgrade will be the same as before, just click on “Check E-Mail” at www.itsTriangle.com. You will need to use your full e-mail address (i.e. sample@itstriangle.com) and current password to log in.
The image below on the left shows what the current Webmail login looks like and on the right is what the Webmail service will look like on February 4th.

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To make it a smooth conversion for you, please take note of the following:
● Your Webmail contacts on January 30th will be moved over to the new service. Changes made to your contacts between January 30th and February 4th may not be captured in the new platform.
● You may continue to send and receive e-mail as always during this time.
● Subscribers who use other e-mail clients like Outlook or Windows Live Mail will be asked to make some setting changes in the coming months.

If you have questions in the meantime, please call 1-877-730-8215.

Triangle Removing Aerial Cable in Harlem Town

Triangle Communications (Triangle) crews will be in the town of Harlem starting mid-December to remove the aerial cable.  The copper cable is no longer needed with the new fiber optic cable that is connected to each home and business in Harlem. 

The work will take several weeks to complete and crews will have to enter yards to remove the old cable attachment from the homes and businesses.  Triangle appreciates the patience and cooperation from all the residents of Harlem during this important upgrade.  Please contact Triangle’s Havre office at 1-800-332-1201 if you have any questions or concerns regarding the work being done in the area.

Triangle Communications (Triangle) provides local telephone service to over 17,000 access lines in 39 exchanges located in 16 counties.  Triangle provides various telecommunications services including mobile service and Broadband Internet.  The Triangle mission is to provide advanced, high quality, reliable communications services through personal service to enhance quality of life, educational opportunity and economic development in our communities.

Triangle Communications Receives National Recognition with Smart Rural Community Award

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smartTriangle Communications (Triangle) is one of 13 rural communications firms in North America to be honored with the Smart Rural Community Showcase Award by NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association (NTCA). NTCA cited Triangle’s advanced communications services and collaboration with local leaders as some of the keys to its success. Triangle is the only Montana company to receive the award. The other twelve award recipients operate in Alaska, Iowa, Kentucky, Minnesota, Kansas, Ontario, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont and Wisconsin.

At a gathering of more than 1,000 leaders of rural telecommunications providers hosted by NTCA, Triangle was honored with the award for deploying advanced technologies and leveraging those technologies to enable innovation in the areas of economic development and commerce, education, enhanced health care, government services, security and energy use. Triangle’s efforts were judged against those of dozens of other companies nationwide by a panel of experts from the fields of telecommunications, software and technology services, education, health care and economic development.

“Triangle Communications is a prime example of the power of a broadband connection and a steadfast commitment to growth and prosperity,” said NTCA Chief Executive Officer, Shirley Bloomfield.

The NTCA Smart Rural Community initiative recognizes and celebrates the efforts of rural telecommunications providers and their communities to deliver technologies that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business. The goal of the initiative is to foster the development of smart communities throughout rural America by recognizing trailblazers and providing resources to assist broadband providers and connected industries.

“We are pleased and excited to accept this award,” said Don Bitz, a Triangle Board Member, who received the award on behalf of Triangle. “We have worked hard with our local leaders to ensure that our subscribers have access to advanced communications and the many benefits those services enable. We look forward to building on our success for many years to come.”

Triangle Communications (Triangle) provides local telephone service to over 16,000 access lines in 39 exchanges located in 16 counties.  Triangle provides various telecommunications services including mobile service and Broadband Internet.  The Triangle mission is to provide advanced, high quality, reliable communications services through personal service to enhance quality of life, educational opportunity and economic development in our communities.


About NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association

NTCA–The Rural Broadband Association is the premier association representing nearly 900 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America. NTCA advocates on behalf of its members in the legislative and regulatory arenas, and it provides training and development; publications and industry events; and an array of employee benefit programs. In an era of exploding technology, deregulation and marketplace competition, NTCA’s members are leading the IP evolution for rural consumers, delivering technologies that make rural communities vibrant places in which to live and do business. Because of their efforts, rural America is fertile ground for innovation in economic development and commerce, education, health care, government services, security and smart energy use. Visit us at www.ntca.org.

Triangle Mails Capital Credit Checks

The Triangle Telephone Cooperative, doing business as Triangle Communications (Triangle), Board of Trustees approved a general retirement of capital credits of approximately $1,045,713.  This sum represents 50% of the capital credits earned by members in 1990 and 0.5% of those earned from 1991 to 2012. 

Triangle is mailing out capital credit checks to current and former cooperative members in October.  The amount of each check varies based on how much usage the member had with the cooperative during the year or years being retired. 


Capital credits are just one benefit of cooperative membership.  Because the members are the owners of the cooperative, each member is allocated a portion of the cooperative’s profits each year.  These allocations are paid out as general retirements in future years depending on the financial position of the cooperative.

Triangle also disburses capital credits in full upon the death of any member who is a natural person.  The estate retirements have totaled over $600,000 each year for the last three years. 

Triangle Communications (Triangle) provides local telephone service to over 17,000 access lines in 39 exchanges located in 16 counties.  Triangle is committed to providing access to advanced, high quality, reliable communications services at competitive prices, while focusing on personal service and customer satisfaction.  Triangle provides various telecommunications services including long distance and Broadband Internet.  Triangle is also dedicated to enhancing quality of life, educational opportunity and economic development in the communities it serves. 

Triangle Begins Fiber Upgrades in Joplin, Inverness and Chester

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Triangle Communications (Triangle) is pleased to announce the beginning of the Fiber to the Home (FTTH) telecommunications upgrade in the Joplin/Inverness (292) and Chester (759) service areas.  Michels Corporation, Triangle’s contractor for the Joplin/Inverness area, and their sub-contractors will begin boring roads in the area the last week in April.  The contractor for Chester is Spalj Construction Co.  Spalj will begin construction soon also.    If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact the Right-of-Way Department in the Havre office at 1-800-332-1201.

Triangle would like to thank everyone in Joplin, Inverness and Chester for their help and cooperation during this important upgrade. 

Triangle Crews Working in White Sulphur Springs Area

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Triangle Communications (Triangle) will have crews in the rural areas outside of White Sulphur Springs this spring and summer to remove some telephone pedestals, not all pedestals can be removed.   Triangle asks that residents do not take out any pedestals themselves.  The pedestals being removed are no longer needed with the new fiber optic cable.  If you have any questions, please contact our Construction Department by dialing 611 from your Triangle connected phone.

Triangle would also like to remind subscribers to always have a cable locate done before digging around any utility lines.  Call 8-1-1 two days before the work is being done to give all utilities time to locate their lines free of charge.  The costs to repair lines that are not located can be very costly.  

TELEPHONE COMPANY NOTIFIES SUBSCRIBERS OF INCREASE IN FEDERAL UNIVERSAL SERVICE CHARGE

3/17/14
Havre MT,  - Effective April 1, 2014, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has authorized an increase in the Federal Universal Service Charge (FUSC) line item for all telephone subscribers nationwide, except those participating in the Lifeline assistance program.  Beginning with the April statements, residential and single line business subscribers who have local phone service with Triangle Communications will notice the FUSC increase from $1.23 to $1.25 per month.  Multi-line business subscribers will see the charge increase from $1.84 to $1.86 per month starting on the April bill. 

The FUSC funds the Federal Universal Service Fund, which provides monetary support to rural telephone companies operating in high cost areas to assist them in maintaining affordable local telephone service.

Triangle 4-H Beef Grant Deadline is April 30th, 2014

4/22/14
Triangle Communications (Triangle) will again be offering the 4-H Beef Grant Program to benefit residents in the areas Triangle serves.  Triangle will purchase 4-H steers at area fairs this summer and offer the beef to non-profit groups and organizations.  Triangle will also pay for the butchering, processing and wrapping.  Quarters of premium 4-H beef will be made available to use for fundraisers or to supplement non-profit food programs operating in the Triangle service area.  Non-profit groups and organizations are encouraged to apply for donations by April 30, 2014. Winners will be announced after May 30th with the beef being available in late August. 

No Benchmark Rate Increase for Triangle Subscribers

4/24/14
Triangle Communications (Triangle) recently mailed letters to their residential subscribers notifying them of a rate increase effective June 1, 2014.  This increase was due to benchmarks established by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for local monthly telephone service rates. Triangle and other telecommunications providers had petitioned the FCC to extend the timeline for implementation of the benchmarks. 

FRS Scholarship Available to Students Served by Triangle

1/27/14
The Foundation for Rural Service (FRS) offers annual scholarships to students from rural America for their first year of college, university or vocational-technical school. FRS funds $2,000 of each scholarship, and Triangle Communications (Triangle) awards the remaining $500 for a total award of $2,500.The FRS College Scholarship Program seeks to encourage students to return to their rural communities upon completing their education. To be eligible, applicants must have landline phone service provided by Triangle Communications.

Grant Writing Workshop in Malta a Success

1/20/14
Triangle’s Basic Grant Writing Workshop in Malta a Success

Close to 20 residents from Malta, Dodson, Harlem, Lodge Pole, Fort Belknap and Havre recently participated in the Basic Grant Writing Workshop hosted by Triangle Communications (Triangle) and PhillCo Economic Growth Council. 

Basic Grant Writing Workshop in Malta on January 15th

1/6/13
Triangle Communications (Triangle), in partnership with PhillCo Economic Growth Council (PhillCo), will host a free workshop covering Basic Grant Writing.  Individuals and nonprofit organizations interested in learning about grant seeking and proposal writing are invited to attend.  The workshop will take place January 15th at 10:00 am in the Phillips County Library basement.  Workshop presenters include experienced grant and proposal writers: Anne Boothe, Perri Jacobs and Julianne Snedigar.

Triangle Offers New Community Challenge Program

2/03/14
As part of its commitment to strengthening rural communities, Triangle Communications (Triangle) has created a new Connected Community Challenge program.  Two communities from within Triangle’s service area will be selected as Connected Communities in 2014.   The two selected communities will each receive a $2,500 grant to be used to implement projects outlined in a local Broadband Action Plan developed as part of the Challenge process. 

Triangle Donates to Area Rural and Volunteer Fire Departments

2/16/14
Triangle Communications (Triangle) recently made $4,100 in donations to rural and volunteer fire departments across the Triangle service area as part of its commitment to community. The following forty-one fire departments each received donations to use as needed: Big Sandy, Big Timber, Broadview, Coffee Creek, Denton, Geraldine, Fort Belknap, Fort Benton, Harlowton/Wheatland, Hobson, Hogeland, Judith Gap, Loma, Peoples Creek Dodson, Phillips County, Meagher County, Molt, Beavercreek/Cottonwood Creek, Moore, Rapelje, Reed Point, Stanford, Turner, White Sulphur Springs, Windham, Winifred and Zortman. 

Triangle Removing Copper Cable in White Sulphur Springs

2/19/14
Triangle Communications (Triangle) will have crews in the town of White Sulphur Springs beginning in late February to remove the old copper lines from poles and on homes and businesses.  The Triangle crews will have to enter yards to remove the copper cable still connected to the outside of homes and businesses.  This project will take several weeks for Triangle to complete. 

Triangle Communications Awards 4-H Beef Grants

11/19/13
Triangle Communications Awards 4-H Beef Grants

Triangle Communications (Triangle) recently awarded processed and packaged 4-H beef to eight organizations through its 4-H Beef Grant Program.  Each year, Triangle purchases 4-H livestock at local fairs in its service area.  Processing and packaging is done by area processors.  Non-profit organizations can apply for the grant to be used in their daily operations, or for fundraising purposes.  Winners are chosen by random drawing from all eligible applications received. 

Triangle Celebrates 60th Annual Meeting of Members

Triangle Celebrates 60th Annual Meeting of Members

Triangle Telephone Cooperative Association, Inc., doing business as Triangle Communications (Triangle), held its 60th Annual Meeting of Members on Saturday, October 5, 2013.  Over250 members and guests attended the meeting held in the Student Union Building on the campus of Montana State University-Northern in Havre.  Attendees enjoyed a delicious meal catered by MSU-Northern and rolls made by Grateful Bread.

Triangle Announces Changes in Billing

4/11/13
The last few years have been a roller coaster ride of change for those in the telecommunications industry.   The most recent change that affects rural telecommunications providers like Triangle Communications (Triangle) is the decision by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to