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					                 Volume 18 • Issue 2
                                                        MESSENGER
                                                          120 E. First, P.O. Box 48, Kimball, SD 57355 • (605) 778-6221 • Fax: (605) 778-8080
                 February 2011




Trivia~Trivia~Trivia                                             Why Wireline?
                                                                     Many people may question why do we need to invest any more upgrades in the wireline
What browser has over 60% of                                     network, when so many people are using their wireless cell phones? And since you can get
the browser use from customers?                                  broadband Internet data service from cellular providers, why put in Fiber to the Home?
(Hint: the answer can be found in last months                    Isn’t it all a bunch of air?
issue of the Midstate Messenger)                                     Unfortunately, there’s a common misconception among a majority of Americans, even
**Deadline to enter is the 15th of the Month. All correct        some lawmakers in Washington, DC, that when you use your wireless phone, the call travels
entries will be entered into a drawing for $10.00. Winner will   through the air, riding the waves of spectrum until it reaches the person you are calling.
be announced in the following month’s newsletter. Submit
your answers by: 1) Writing your answer on a piece of paper      The reality is far more complicated. Not only do wireless calls rely heavily on the wireline
with your name, address and telephone number and mailing         network, in most cases, the only thing wireless about the connection is from the cell phone
to our Midstate office at PO Box 48, Kimball SD 57355 or 2)      to the nearest cell tower. If the call is to another cell phone, the only additional wireless part
Go online to our website at www.midstatesd.net and click on
the Trivia link and submit your answer online following the      of the call is from the nearest tower to the that caller’s phone. You see, even wireless needs
online instructions. Trivia submissions will not be taken        hard wires or what we call “wireline” to complete a wireless call.
by telephone.
                                                                     Here is a typical route of a cell phone call:
And the Winner is…                                                   • Your call travels through the air to the nearest cell site.
Congratulations to Robert Spier. He knew                             • It is then transferred from the site to the nearest mobile switching center, which is
that the Midstate Digital Cable Channel                                 usually accomplished through wireline (or landline) facilities.
                                                                     • The switching center then determines where the call needs to be routed – to the
for the Travel Channel was #189!
                                                                        recipient’s landline phone, to their wireless phone near their home location, or to
                                                                        their wireless phone somewhere else, even thousands of miles from their home.
  Reminder that Midstate                                             • The call is then carried over the wires of the public switched telephone network to
                                                                        the person’s phone you dialed. (The public switched telephone network, or PSTN for
  Communications offices                                                short, is simply a catch-all name for the national telephone network, which includes
     will be closed on                                                  Midstate Communications, that you use every day to complete local, long distance
   Monday February 21st                                                 and international calls.)
                                                                     The entire procedure, while incredibly complex and precise, is accomplished
     in observance of                                            instantaneously without the awareness of either party participating in the call. And this
      President’s day.                                           process is similar for texting and data initiated by cell phones.
                                                                     So even though it is a wireless phone, you can see that without the landline network,
                                                                 Midstate and other wireline providers have put in place, the wireless technology would not
                                                                 be available. Midstate and other wireline companies continue to make investments in our
                                                                 service areas because our customers and their needs are the most important factor in our
                                                                 business decisions.

                                                                 Scholarship Applications Now Available!
                                                                     Seniors, it’s time to start organizing your resumes, collecting class information and
                                                                 begin the process of applying for college scholarships. Midstate Communications is proud
Important Dates to Remember…                                     to announce that we will once again be offering eleven (11), $500 scholarships to
Please mark the following dates, regarding our                   graduating seniors throughout our service area.
billing schedule, on your calendar. Bills are mailed
the last business day of each month, and payment is
                                                                     Scholarship applications can be picked up at local schools throughout the Midstate
due on the 20th of the month. Paying on time saves               service area along with being posted on Midstate’s website at www.midstatesd.net. Ten
frustrating calls and unwanted late fees.                        recipients of the Midstate Communications scholarship will be awarded to students within
• Last Business Day of Each Month                                the cooperative exchange areas and one scholarship will be awarded to a student in the
   Bills mailed out from Midstate’s office                       Midstate Telecom exchange area. The $500 scholarships will be awarded based upon the
• 5th of Each Month                                              criteria of: citizenship, community service, school involvement and achievement.
   Disconnect of all accounts with a 30 day balance.
• 20th of Each Month
                                                                     Eligibility for the Midstate Communications scholarship program includes:
   Bills are due in either Midstate office by 12:00 p.m.             • Parents/guardians must reside in and be an active telephone subscriber within the
• 20th of Each Month                                                    Midstate Communications or Midstate Telecom exchanges.
   Overdue notices mailed out and late fees will be                  • Recipients must attend a college or vocational school within six months of
   applied to all delinquent accounts.
                                                                        graduation.
*All Midstate bills are due upon receipt. Any bills that
have not been received by the 5th of the following                   The Midstate Communications scholarship applications are due APRIL 1, 2011 and
month will be disconnected. To be reconnected the bill           can be mailed to Midstate Communications, PO box 48, Kimball, SD 57355. Please contact
must be paid in full and will be subject to a down
payment and appropriate reconnect fees.                          your school’s guidance counselor or download the scholarship application from Midstate’s
                                                                 website at www.midstatesd.net today.
Universal Telephone Service…                                              Check out these “Sweet” Computer Deals!
     Under the Telecommunications Act of 1996,                                Midstate Communications has a limited number of floor
“Universal Telephone Service” means basic telephone                       model computers that we are offering for sale to our customers
service is available to all consumers. Universal                          at a reduced cost. These computers have been used in our
Telephone Service is voice grade access to the                            Midstate office as display models. They come with the original
telecommunications network, including local usage,                        box and hardware and all the bells and whistles listed with each
touch tone calling, single party service, access to                       one. If you would like to purchase one of these
emergency 911 services, access to operator services,                      computers or would like more information and pricing
access to directory assistance, access to long distance                   please contact one of our Customer Service
telephone service and discounted service to qualifying                    Representatives today. Don’t miss out on this great
low income consumers.                                                     opportunity to get a new computer at an incredible price.
     Midstate’s 2011 Universal Telephone Service
                                                                          Dell Studio 17 – 2 Available
                                                                          • Intel® Core™ i3-330M 2.13GHz          • 8X Slot Load CD/DVD Burner
charges for basic monthly local residential service, no
time limit on calls are:                                                    (3M cache) Processor                    (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)
                                                                          • 4GB RAM                               • 802.11g WiFi
                                                                          • Backlit Keyboard
726 Academy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $19.95
                                                                                                                  • Touchscreen software
                                                                          • 17.3” HD 900p LED Display with        • MS Works 9.0
234 Chamberlain/Oacoma . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $19.95
779 Delmont . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $19.95      Multi-Touch and Facial Recognition    • 6 cell battery
                                                                          • Integrated Webcam                     • 90W Power Supply
                                                                          • 320GB Hard Drive 7200 RPM
245 Fort Thompson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $19.95
                                                                                                                  • New April 13, 2010 - warranty
                                                                          • Black with red trim                     good until April 13, 2011
293 Gann Valley . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $19.95
337 Platte/Geddes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $19.95      • Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
778 Kimball. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $19.95
                                                                          Dell Studio 17 – 1 Available
                                                                          • Intel Core i5-520M 2.4GHz (2.93GHz    • 8X Slot Load CD/DVD Burner
243 New Holland. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $19.95
894 Pukwana. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $19.95       Turbo Mode – 3M cache) Processor        (Dual Layer DVD+/-R Drive)
                                                                          • 17.3” HD 900p LED Display             • 802.11g WiFi
                                                                            w/Integrated Webcam                   • 6 Cell Battery
732 Stickney . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $19.95
                                                                          • 4GB RAM                               • 90W Power Supply
249 White Lake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $19.95
                                                                          • 320GB Hard Drive 7200 RPM             • MS Office 2010 Starter Edition
                                                                          • Black chainlink                       • New June 2, 2010 – warranty
• Touch tone calling service – No additional charge.
                                                                          • Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit            good until June 2, 2011
• Access to emergency service – No additional charge.
   (Note: where applicable. County 911 tax collected by
   Midstate Communications).                                              Dell Studio 15 – 2 Available
                                                                          •   Intel Core 2 Duo 2.0GHz Processor   •   6 cell battery
                                                                          •   3GB RAM                             •   65W Power Supply
• Access to operator services – No additional charge.
                                                                          •   250GB Hard Drive 5400 RPM           •   802.11g WiFi
• Access to directory assistance per call $.65 (note: if
   you call a long distance company for assistance,                       •   Midnight Blue                       •   PO# 050609KW
   there may be a charge from that carrier).                              •   Vista Home Premium 64bit            •   New May 27, 2009 –
                                                                          •   15.4” LED Display 1280x800              no warranty left
                                                                              w/Integrated Webcam
• Access to long distance telephone companies - $6.50.
   (Note: Monthly flat rate mandated by the FCC).
• Low income monthly discounts to qualifying con-
   sumers - $8.25; Enhanced Lifeline is also available.
   (Note: Toll blocking is available upon request).



                                                                               Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie
If you have any questions on Universal Services,
please call Midstate Communications toll free at
1-888-214-1431, 605-778-6221 or 605-234-8000

                                                                               2 C Chocolate Crisp Rice Cereal     ½ C Chocolate Syrup
                                                                               / 3 C Semisweet Chocolate Chips     ¼ C Sour Cream
Midstate Cable Television
                                                                               1 Qt. Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Softened
                                                                               1
Channel of the Month…
    Effective January 1, 2011, the Discovery Health

                                                                               • Coat bottom and sides of an 8-inch pie plate lightly with butter.
Channel (Channel 201 Digital) became the new home
of the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). This channel
                                                                               • Combine chocolate syrup and chocolate chips in a small microwave-
re-branding decision was made by Discovery Commun-

                                                                                 -safe bowl. Microwave on high (100% power) until hot, about 45
ications.

                                                                                 seconds. Stir until smooth. Reserve ¼ cup of the chocolate mixture.
    The OWN offers a full schedule of programming

                                                                               • Combine remaining chocolate mixture and cereal in a medium bowl
with a strong emphasis on unscripted programming,
talk shows, and other content focused on self-help and
                                                                                 and mix to coat cereal. Press mixture over bottom and up sides of
inspirational    stories.

                                                                                 prepared pie plate. Freeze until firm, about 15 minutes.
Along with her own

                                                                               • Combine reserved chocolate mixture and the sour cream in a small
show, the Oprah Winfrey

                                                                                 bowl and mix well. Spread half of the ice cream in the prepared pie
Network will showcase
other shows such as Dr.
                                                                                 plate. Drizzle with half the sour cream mixture.
Phil, Kidnapped by the Kids, and Mystery Diagnosis to

                                                                               • Top with remaining ice cream and drizzle with remaining sour cream
name only a few. To find out more about the OWN

                                                                                 mixture. Freeze pie, covered, until firm, about 1 hour.
channel go online to www.oprah.com/own
    The Oprah Winfrey Network can be viewed on
Midstate Digital Cable channel 201.

				
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