Our History
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STRATA Networks was founded in 1948 when a few residents, who lived in the remote portions of the Uintah Basin, undertook an effort to bring phone service to their homes. The telephone company at the time refused to provide service to these areas due to low population density, coupled with rough terrain and the high cost to build infrastructure.  Although they faced several challenges, these individuals took action and formed a board. With the board formed, the residents established a cooperative to obtain services otherwise not available for rural customers.

The STRATA Networks’ cooperative, headquartered in Roosevelt, Utah, has grown to employ more than 300 people and provides a variety of technologically advanced services. This technology has helped revitalize the local economy and revolutionize industry for Uintah Basin residents. STRATA continues to expand and offer leading edge services including nationwide wireless coverage, the fastest broadband internet in the Basin, advanced Cable TV, and their flagship home telephone service. STRATA has become the leading telecommunications provider not only in the Uintah Basin, but their coverage also extends into parts of Wyoming and Colorado, serving over 60,000 customers.

STRATA Networks is a cooperative.
So what is a cooperative and what are the benefits as a member?

Membership

In a cooperative, the owners and the users are the same people; they are the members/patrons. When they purchase landline or broadband service from STRATA, they have the option to become a member. STRATA offers membership to anyone within their service area regardless of race, religion, gender, or political beliefs.

Members have the right to vote on cooperative issues, run for a position on the organization’s board of directors, and share in the organization’s earnings. Members enjoy a yearly patronage check that is paid out when the cooperative generates margins from efficient operations.

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Community

STRATA is a community-based business which helps keep money local and employs local people. They strive to support efforts that are most important to their members. One of the ways STRATA gives back to the community is through sponsorship of the Annual Charity Golf Classic which has raised over $210,000. These funds directly benefit local charitable entities.

Supporting the educational and career paths of the next generation is also an important mission of STRATA. They have pledged donations to UBTech College to help fund a program with curriculum focusing on all aspects of information technology. These advances help provide relevant training and prepare students for a technology-driven workforce. In addition, STRATA invests in future leaders by awarding several annual scholarships to local high school students. They also offer opportunities for local youth to develop leadership skills through an all-expense paid, Foundation for Rural Services (FRS) Tour to Washington D.C., and the URECA Youth Leadership Challenge.

Board of Directors

The STRATA Networks cooperative is comprised of ten (10) districts with a director elected to represent each of the following areas: Altamont, Duchesne, Flattop, Fruitland, Lapoint, Neola, Randlett, Roosevelt, Tabiona, and Vernal. Members gather each year at the Cooperative’s Annual Meeting to elect their board of directors with a one member, one vote principle. The board of directors are elected by and from the members to serve a three (3) year term, or until their successors are elected. The terms of the directors are staggered to ensure continuity.

Altamont District STRATA Networks Board Member

Altamont
District
Next Election: 2021

Ashley Shiner

Duchesne District STRATA Networks Board Member

Duchesne
District
Next Election: 2020

Rick Coil

Flattop District STRATA Networks Board Member

Flattop
District
Next Election: 2020

Dana Shepard

Fruitland District STRATA Networks Board Member

Fruitland
District
Next Election: 2020

Kent Peatross

Lapoint District STRATA Networks Board Member

Lapoint
District
Next Election: 2020

Aaron Reary

Neola District STRATA Networks Board Member

Neola
District
Next Election: 2021

Bart Miller

Randlett District STRATA Networks Board Member

Randlett
District
Next Election: 2022

JoAnn Winn

Roosevelt District STRATA Networks Board Member

Roosevelt
District
Next Election: 2021

Richard Ross

Tabiona District STRATA Networks Board Member

Tabiona
District
Next Election: 2022

Max Fabrizio

Vernal District STRATA Networks Board Member

Vernal
District
Next Election: 2022

Kelly R. Dastrup

Annual Meeting
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The Annual Meeting gives members the opportunity to participate in the governance of their local cooperative; to elect Board representation and to take part in any other business that may come before the meeting. Members may hear reports from the Board President, Secretary/Treasurer, and the CEO/General Manager.

STRATA continues to move forward and invest in their community by continually expanding infrastructure projects, building next-generation networks, and providing the latest technological advances. These advances maintain the original goal of the founders, connecting the community and improving the quality of life for members of the cooperative and residents of the Uintah Basin.

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