2017-12-07 / News

Cloverland Electric Sells Lighthouse.net to CCI Systems; To Be Managed by Packerland Broadband

Cloverland Electric Cooperative has sold Lighthouse.net to CCI Systems, Inc. of Iron Mountain. Starting January 1, 2018, Lighthouse.net will be managed by CCI’s cable operator, Packerland Broadband.

When Cloverland purchased Lighthouse Computers as a forprofit subsidiary in 1997, the electric cooperative was seeking to make dial-up Internet access available to residents in the Eastern Upper Peninsula, said Cloverland President and CEO Dan Dasho. Besides dialup Internet service, Lighthouse provided computer sales, service, and training.

Because the telecommunications industry changed, requiring constant attention and flexibility to meet the changing interests of its subscribers, however, officials said, the Cloverland board decided to sell Lighthouse.net this fall.

“The equipment and technology is always upgrading to deliver highspeed service,” Mr. Dasho said in a statement. “Cloverland Electric’s board has decided it can better serve subscribers by transferring Lighthouse.net to a true telecommunications company that has a history of delivering high-quality broadband, cable TV, and phone service.”

Lighthouse.net serves about 2,000 customers, on Mackinac Island and in Kinross, Kincheloe, McMillan, Newberry, Curtis, and Engadine. CCI Systems plans to keep the name Lighthouse.net.

Packerland Broadband offers video, data, voice, and security services to homes and businesses in nearly 60 rural communities. The company has more than 7,000 subscribers in Wisconsin and the South Central Upper Peninsula.

Cory Heigl, vice president and general manager of Packerland Broadband, said the company is looking forward to incorporating Lighthouse.net into CCI Systems and improving Internet service throughout the U.P. Investments in Lighthouse.net will focus on increasing broadband speeds in rural areas as a means to foster economic growth, he said.

“We have the knowledge, tools, and a vision to invest in the future of Lighthouse.net and look forward to helping make the Upper Peninsula even more attractive to businesses and residents by offering high-tech communication services,” Mr. Heigl said.

Packerland plans to provide gigabit speed Internet in about half of the communities it serves in the coming year.

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