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What’s the Big Deal with Line Locates?

What’s the big deal about getting underground communications cable located before I dig? It’s not like anyone can get hurt if I accidentally cut the cable. As an internet service provider technician, I often witness folks dragging their feet and expressing hesitancy when it comes to getting underground communications cables located before they begin digging…

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Did Santa Bring You A New Gadget?

At ATC, we want you to get the MOST out of your Internet!  Which means making sure you have ENOUGH speed for all those nifty new devices Santa brought!  Remember, Netflix recommends a minimum speed of 5 Mbps to stream HD video on just one device!  If your household has multiple devices (laptop, smart TV,…

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2016 Fall Fiber Update – Malad, ID.

ATC’s Fiber-To-The-Home Project Continues In Malad As the construction season draws to a close, ATC crews diligently continue the deployment of their Fiber-To-The-Home initiative.  The process began over two years ago, when ATC’s General Manager, Rich Redman, announced their quest to connect every Malad home and business to their state-of-the-art fiber network.  “Fiber is the…

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Are You Ready For Idaho’s New Area Code?

 NEW AREA CODE COMING TO IDAHO IN 2017 Get ready to change the way you dial your local calls! The Idaho Public Utilities Commission will implement a new area code overlay in 2017. What is an area code overlay? An overlay is the addition of another area code (986) to the same geographic region as…

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Every Home Needs Internet Security Filters

If you’re looking for simple, user-friendly and free (yes, absolutely FREE) Internet Security Filters for your household, then this article is for you. But first, a warning: On the way to understanding how to use this free Internet monitoring service, you’ll have to read about some technical, fairly arcane topics. But trust me: It’ll be…

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Tired of Waiting?

Does your Netflix take too long to load?  Does it sometimes stall or “buffer” during play? Nothing is more frustrating than trying to watch a movie that constantly stalls or has extremely poor picture quality. But don’t worry –  We’re here to help fix it! Did You Know? Netflix recommends a minimum 5 Mbps Internet…

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Keeping Your Family Safe Online

Most of us can remember a time when our concerns about child safety were centered around concepts such as “Stranger Danger” on the playground, and “Stop, Drop and Roll” if there was a fire. Boy, have times changes. Internet connectivity has taken the world by storm, and a new level of safety concerns has arose. …

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2016 Spring Fiber Update – Malad, ID

Spring is fast approaching. The snow is melting, the ground is thawing, and the warm weather makes an idyllic environment to continue our multi-million dollar Fiber-To-The-Home investment project in Malad. This complex project actually began back in fall of 2014, where months of planning and preparation led to a two year construction plan. This plan…

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ATC Donates to the Nell J Redfield Memorial Hospital (Malad, ID).

In spring 2016, ATC Communications was approached by Troy Estep from the Nell J. Redfield Memorial Hospital (in Malad, ID). Troy outlined the hospital’s need to replace the old, worn out windsock at the helicopter landing pad. The original windsock was constructed on a home-made pole, built out of electrical conduit, and had served its…

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How to Improve Your Wi-Fi

  Question: I’m not getting the Internet speeds I thought I would from my home’s Wi-Fi network. Are there things I can do to speed things up? Answer: If your Wi-Fi router is out of date or not set up correctly, it could be slowing you down. Here are some tips to help you maximize…

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