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Our Past, Present, & Future

United Communications is devoted to offering its customers cutting-edge technology, innovative entertainment, and the best customer service – period.

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The Beginning

A rural telephone cooperative was started in February of 1952

1952
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Important purchases

1955 to 1958
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Long-distance

Subscribers could make long-distance calls directly, without the intervention of an operator.

1968
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Exciting Times!

1970s
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TV Service to Rural ND

New service allowed rural residents of northeastern North Dakota to receive a quality TV signal.

1990s
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United Telephone Educational Foundation

Foundation provides financial assistance to high school seniors and other first-term college students who wish to further their education.

1991
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Formed NDLD

Formed North Dakota Long Distance (NDLD) to provide long-distance service to our customers.

1996
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Turtle Mountain Communications

June 1996 - 1998
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Beginning of the 21st Century

Time of major advancement for us and a pivotal point in our existence, as we became connected with fiber-optic cable.

2000
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Changes from 2001-2005

2001-2005
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Changes from 2006-2011

2006-2011
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Celebrated United Communication’s 60th anniversary!

Installed fiber to the home in the towns of Munich, Rock Lake, Calio, Sarles, Milton, Osnabrok, and Egeland. Continued fiber to the home project on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation. Upgraded wireless broadband sites at Egeland and Milton.

2012
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24/7 after-hours support

Added 24/7 after-hours support. Continued fiber to the home project on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation and to rural customers along existing fiber routes.

2013
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2014

Installed fiber to the Maida Port of Entry, Mount Carmel Township, Hansboro, and the rural Wales Exchange, as well as the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation. Constructed a tower at Mount Carmel dam to offer fixed broadband services and a prepaid Wi-Fi service.

2014
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Major Upgrades

Major television platform upgrade with many new features and a new look. Increased internet speeds to symmetrical speeds for fiber customers. Continued fiber to the home projects in rural Wales, as well as the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation.

2015
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2016

Continued fiber to the home projects, including rural Walhalla and rural Bisbee areas.

2016

As we look to the future, our goal is to provide the newest technology combined with the best service. As we developed from a small telephone cooperative to the full-service communications company we are today, our customers' satisfaction has remained our top priority. We are proud to say that throughout our history, we have always strived to provide one-of-a-kind, local service to communities across northeastern North Dakota.