Construction began on the new office of Valley FiberCom, a subsidiary of Valley Telecommunications, in the town of Volga, SD in August of 2018.
A Grand Opening was held on January 22, 2019 at the completed office in Volga.
This project allowed Valley to increase their footprint within the State of South Dakota and provide advanced services to an area in need.
Valley FiberCom also announced plans to provide services in the communities of Arlington, De Smet, and Lake Preston over the next few years.
Valley Communications, a subsidiary of Valley Telecommunications, launches Valley FiberCom to begin providing telephone, broadband Internet, and digital television services in the town of Volga, SD.
In January 2018, Broadband (Internet) Only became available to Valley customers as a result of FCC regulatory changes. This allowed many customers to eliminate their landline telephone line and subscribe to only Internet or TV services.
Valley announced the launch of Keemotion, a fully automated video production hardware and software system in the Ipswich gymnasium. Local high school events could now be carried LIVE on the Valley TV system.
Valley announced plans to launch digital TV services within the town of Ipswich. A local customer service center was opened in Ipswich to accomodate this growth.
Valley began offering free high-definition channels as part of all TV packages, followed by the launch of a new and improved TV backbone including Restart TV and Cloud DVR.
Valley Telecommunications begins offering 1GB Broadband Internet Service and is recognized by NTCA, The Rural Broadband Association, as a Certified Gig-Capable Provider for delivering Gigabit broadband speeds and enabling technological innovation.
Valley Telecommunications network is deemed 100% Fiber
Valley Smart Solutions, featuring Smart Home Technology, was added to the Valley Telcommunications product line-up.
Valley successfully launches Safety & Security Services featuring customized home security systems as well as customized personal safety systems and home monitoring. This business has grown to include “Cow Cams” (cattle barn monitoring) for farmers and ranchers, as well as complete video surveillance systems for homes and businesses.
With a portion of the fiber network in place, Valley began offering advanced TV services such such as HDTV (high-definition) and DVR (digital video recording).
The end of 2010 also brought the end-of-life for dial-up Internet service.
Valley Telecommunications DMS-10 switch was replaced with a state-of-the-art “soft switch” which would allow for a totally IP based network
Valley Telecommunications announced $18.3 million dollar FTTF (Fiber-To-The-Farm) project in which fiber optics would be buried to each rural customer.
Valley broadened its service offerings with the addition of Valley Wireless. Valley wireless utilizes the nation’s most reliable wireless netowrk offering nation-wide service and local customer service. Valley Wireless was re-launched in the Spring of 2013 with national 3G coverage and then launched 4G service in 2015.
Valley Telecommunications subsidiary, Valley Communications, began to offer IP-based Digital Video TV Service that featured more than 100 channels and replaced the analog cable TV system.
Valley Telecommunications began offering DSL (Digital-Subscriber-Line) or High Speed Internet Service.
Valley Telecommunications became an Internet Service Provider (ISP) with the addition of Local Dial-Up Internet Service.
To accomodate Valley’s growth, the board of directors approved an expansion of the Herreid headquarters office and construction was completed in December of 1996.
Valley Telecommunications established the subsidiary, Valley Cable & Satellite Communications, Inc., after successfully purchasing the exchanges of Eureka and Ipswich from US West.
Valley Telecommunications Cable TV System was completed in Leola, SD and Valley became the first telephone cooperative in South Dakota to provide cable tv service.
Cable TV service became available in Herreid in 1984.
In 1980, REA financing through the Rural Development Program became available to telephone companies for construction of cable television systems. Franchises and FCC waivers were obtained and construction began.
Valley Telephone’s name was changed to Valley Telecommunications Cooperative in order to add more services.
In 1964, the Long Lake exchange was aquired and coverted to dial service. Equipment upgrades began taking place in 1964 when four party service was introduced.
In 1959, Leola and Hosmer were cut over to dial tone service and the new headquarters office was completed in Herreid.
In 1958, Valley’s service area was expanded with the acquisition of the Western Mutual Telephone Company, serving the Leola area and the Hosmer Telephone Company serving the Hosmer area.
Construction began in 1955 and dial service was installed in Glenham, Herreid, Mound City, and Pollock in 1956. The rural lines were all eight party with private line service being offered only in the towns.
Valley Telephone Cooperative Association, Inc. was founded by a group of area residents who were interested in bringing improved telephone service into the area. The Articles of Incorporation were filed and the headquarters office was established in Herreid, SD