A Year In Review
As we look forward to the New Year we also want to reflect on 2015. 2015 was a busy year for our employees as they worked hard to upgrade our facilities. In 2015 we installed fiber to rural customers living in the Baldwin and Woodville exchanges. This FTTH project began in 2008 and will be completed by the end of 2016. We also upgraded facilities to many of our business customers so that they have the bandwidth they need to be successful. We currently have gigabit capacity in nine business parks.
Outside of our ILEC area we installed an additional ring from Baldwin to New Richmond and from New Richmond to Hudson. In 2015 we began providing voice service to anchor businesses in the City of New Richmond. And the course that we choose for our redundant route gives us a presence at the St. Croix River Crossing which is scheduled to be completed in 2017. We anticipate growth opportunities when the bridge opens.
In fourth quarter 2014 we rolled out our NetSTREAM service and it continues to be a popular choice for residential subscribers. NetStream includes a 50Mbps data connection and our own Roku app that provides access to thirteen local networks in addition to over 1000 streaming channels.
In September we announced our name change from Baldwin Telecom to Baldwin LightStream. This has been an exciting change for our company. When Baldwin Telephone Exchange was formed in 1900 we provided telephone service in the Baldwin area. Now we provide voice, Internet and cable television services in Baldwin, Woodville, Hammond, Knapp, Roberts, Townships of Hudson and Troy and business parks in city of New Richmond, Hudson and River Falls.
To finish out the year we increased the bandwidth on most of our Internet services. These speed increases will enhance your user experience. We apologize for the problems that some of our customers experienced due to the glitches with our CMTS (Cable Modem Termination System) upgrade. Our staff worked diligently to resolve the problems and at this time we are confident that the issues have been resolved.
Thank you for choosing Baldwin LightStream as your provider.
Season’s Greetings and best wishes for the New Year!