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A podcast from Strata Networks

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Behind the Connection is a podcast that covers all things internet and technology‑related – the good, the bad, the complexities, and the realities. We talk about it all, right here on Behind the Connection.

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June 23, 2021

Partnering for IT Education in the Basin

This episode of Behind the Connection discusses the Strata partnership with USU and UBTech. Our host Tyler Rasmussen (Strata Networks), visits with Kirk Bostick (Spectra), Bob Peterson (USU-Uintah Basin), and Mark Dockins (UBTech) to talk about information technology in the Uintah Basin, including the demand for more technology-based education and why Strata has pledged $140,000 to help fund operational costs and offer scholarships to students enrolled in the schools. Listen as they share their perspectives on how they are helping to create a technology-driven workforce in the Uintah Basin.

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April 1, 2021

Voting in This Year’s Board of Directors Election

The who, what, when, and how

Strata Networks is a Cooperative owned by its members and governed by a Board of Directors. Each year, the members of the Cooperative get to place their votes on the director positions that are up for reelection, but this year, the voting process will look different for Cooperative members. In this episode, we talk about the new voting process and why the change is taking place. We’re joined by Strata employees Jason McKee and Stephanie Arnold, and together, we talk about what it means to be part of a Cooperative, why it’s essential to be involved, and what you can expect with this year’s election.

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February 18, 2021

The Evolution of Television Technology

In this episode, the evolution of Strata’s television service is discussed. Tyler Rasmussen, Todd Massey, and Beau Hancock from Strata Networks talk about various intricate topics, including the complexities of content negotiations, regulatory compliance issues, fiber distribution, changing technology mediums, and the new StrataTV service. Find out why keeping television service costs down for the consumer is challenging and how a lot of complex work goes into providing a television service. It’s not what you might think!

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January 11, 2021

2020 Broadband Improvements

In this special episode, Tyler, Dave, and Jon from Strata give a year-end recap of broadband projects for 2020, including 1600 additional fiber locations that were built in the Uintah Basin, a grant from USDA to help fund fiber infrastructure to an additional 3,000 remote areas, and the completion of an extensive fiber project to connect schools and health clinics in Daggett County. They also announced the first two neighborhood zones from connect.stratanetworks.com that will be prioritized in their fiber construction plans for 2021.

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March 20, 2020

The Impacts of COVID-19 on Education

In this podcast episode, Tyler Rasmussen (Strata Networks) talks with local school superintendents Dr. Rick Woodford from Uintah County and Dave Brotherson from Duchesne County to discuss the unprecedented educational changes being made in the past week in response to the global Coronavirus pandemic. They also discuss how educators, the food service staff, students, parents, and the community work together to navigate the daily modifications to our everyday routines.

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April 3, 2020

Understanding Internet and Bandwidth

In this episode, we discuss the internet’s critical role in our lives. The internet’s complicated and highly technical nature can be more than a little confusing. We talk with Brent Simmons and Shelly Ward from Strata to help us dispel the myths and misconceptions about this vital topic. Their experience in technical troubleshooting and network design yields crucial insights into how we can be more efficient and productive and stay connected.

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April 23, 2020

Wireless Networks and Preparing for 5G

You may not think much about what happens when you pull out your smartphone to make a call or browse the web, but a lot of work goes into making that connection possible. The challenges are varied and complicated, from building cell towers to bidding on spectrum. On this episode, we have Allen Bennion and Jeff Cranney from Strata Networks to shed some light on the many factors involved with building wireless networks and what 5G means for you.

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May 4, 2020

The Increasing Importance of Cybersecurity

By now, we are all familiar with the best practices for keeping ourselves physically safe and clean during the global COVID-19 pandemic, but how do we maintain good “cyber-hygiene” in this time of increased online activity? Kirk Bostick from Spectra and Tyler Labrum from Strata Networks are experts in cyber-security and share actionable tips on how to stay safe on the internet. For more information, click here.

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March 16, 2020

USDA ReConnect Program

In our first episode, we dive deeper into the recent announcement that Strata was selected to receive nearly $24 million from the USDA to deliver fiber internet to rural areas of the Uintah Basin. Our guests include Dusty Olsen, owner of Big Run Ranches – one of the locations that will receive fiber as a result of this program – and Jon Bingham from Strata Networks, who answers some of the common questions that have been asked since the announcement was made including how the locations were selected for the application and what it means for the areas that weren’t.
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Bundle Options

Bundle this package with wireless service & get both services for as low as $114.99/mo.

Bundle this package with a landline for only $94.99/mo.

Includes price of internet package, with download speeds up to 1000 Mbps and upload speeds up to 500 Mbps, and 1st line of unlimited talk, text, and data, or 3 GB of shareable data. Each additional line is extra. Click here to learn more.

Discounted bundle rate only available if subscribed to internet and landline. Taxes and fees may apply. Regular rates apply if the service took alone.

Businesses do not qualify for these rates.Click Here. to view business internet plans.

Not all speeds are available in all locations.

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Bundle Options

Bundle this package with wireless service & get both services for as low as $99.99/mo.

Bundle this package with a landline for only $79.99/mo.

Includes internet package price, with download speeds up to 50 Mbps and upload speeds up to 10 Mbps, and 1st line of unlimited talk, text, and data, or 3 GB of shareable data. Each additional line is extra. Click here to learn more.

Discounted bundle rate only available if subscribed to internet and landline. Taxes and fees may apply. Regular rates apply if the service took alone.

Businesses do not qualify for these rates. to view business internet plans.

Not all speeds are available in all locations.

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Special Offer

*Existing broadband customers who qualify for faster internet speeds can upgrade to a higher speed package for no additional charge for a 60-day period, or two billing cycles. Depending on when in the current billing cycle, the promotion is accepted, a prorated portion of the upgraded package price may be applied before the promotion takes effect. After the 60-day promotional period, increased package speeds will automatically continue, and regular package rates will be applied unless customer calls to change or cancel. Business accounts do not qualify. Actual attainable speeds vary by location. Some legacy internet plans may not be available to return to after upgrading. Offer may end at any time. May only be used once per account. Restrictions apply, see store for details.

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Terms and Conditions

After 10 GB of data usage outside of our local network within a single billing period, speeds will be slowed to 512 Kbps while roaming. After 15 GB of data usage outside of our local network within a single billing period, speeds will be slowed to 128 Kbps while roaming. Tethered data will be restricted to the same policy. Customers who consistently use excessive amounts of data outside of the local area may be required to select a different Strata wireless plan or be subject to different policies. For full terms and conditions,Click here.

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Terms and Conditions

After 10 GB of data usage outside of our local network within a single billing period, speeds will be slowed to 512 Kbps while roaming. After 15 GB of data usage outside of our local network within a single billing period, speeds will be slowed to 128 Kbps while roaming. Tethered data will be restricted to the same policy. Customers who consistently use excessive amounts of data outside of the local area may be required to select a different Strata wireless plan or be subject to different policies. For full terms and conditions,Click here

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Special Offer

Get $50 off Samsung Galaxy Buds2, Buds2 Pro, or Buds Pro with purchase of Samsung Galaxy S or Z series device in same transaction. Limits: 1 discounted accessory per eligible smartphone purchase; 2 of each accessory per customer/account. May be combined with other promos. Subject to change. Offer good while supplies last. Restrictions apply; see store for details.

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Terms and Conditions

Includes price of internet package and unlimited talk, text & data. Additional taxes and fees may apply. Maximum of 10 lines per account. Business accounts do not qualify for these rates. All data usage will be throttled at 25 Mbps up until 25 GB of data usage occurs within a single billing period. After 25 GB, speed will be reduced to 5 Mbps on local and roaming networks. Customers who consistently use excessive amounts of data outside of the local area may be required to select a different STRATA wireless plan or be subject to different policies. Tethered data will be restricted to the same policy. For full terms and conditions, click here.

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Special Offer

Switch to Strata’s wireless network and get up to $300/line back in credits.

  • Get $100 when you port in 1 line.
  • Get $200/line when you port in 2 lines.
  • Get $300/line when you port in 3 or more lines. (up to 4)

Port-in of an existing number & activation on a current wireless plan is required to qualify for switch credits. Credits will be applied in the form of 24 monthly bill credits towards wireless service rates and have no cash value. Enrollment in paperless billing or autopay is required. Limit of 4 per account. Customers are not eligible if they have ported out of Strata’s wireless service within the last six months. May be combined with other wireless offers. Promotion may end at any time. Restrictions apply, see store for details.

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Special Offer

New STRATA internet customers pay only $29.99/mo. for their internet package for the first three months. After three months, regular rates apply. Customer must be on current internet plan and enrolled in automatic payments and/or paperless billing to qualify. Residential accounts only. Leased equipment and add-on services may be extra. Upon initiation of service, customer may be subject to connect fees and/or service deposits. Customers who have disconnected internet service with STRATA within the last three months are not eligible for promotion. Additional taxes and fees may apply. Promotion may end at any time. Restrictions apply, see store for details.

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Special Offer

New Strata internet customers pay only $29.99/mo. for their internet package for the first three months. After three months, regular rates apply. Customer must be on current internet plan and enrolled in automatic payments and/or paperless billing to qualify. Residential accounts only. Leased equipment and add-on services may be extra. Upon initiation of service, customer may be subject to connect fees and/or service deposits. Customers who have disconnected internet service with Strata within the last three months are not eligible for promotion. Additional taxes and fees may apply. Promotion may end at any time. Restrictions apply, see store for details.

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Special Offer

Get the first 30 days of Preferred television plan free, or a discount equal to the price of the Preferred plan, upon new activation. Free period will begin as soon as customer submits payment information. After 30 days, subscription will automatically renew and regular pricing for selected package & add-ons will be charged to customer’s credit card each month unless subscription is cancelled before the next billing date. May only be used once per Strata account. Restrictions apply; see store for details.

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*All local data usage will be capped at 10 Mbps and reduced to 1.5 Mbps upon reaching 10 GB of data usage within a single billing period. All roaming data usage will be restricted to 1.5 Mbps and reduced to 512 Kbps after 5 GB. Once thresholds have been met, customers may experience slower than normal data speeds. Tethered data will be restricted to the same policy. Payment options include card or cash only. Checks will not be accepted. For full terms and conditions, click here.

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Up to $300 Off Select Devices

Get $300 off select phones when you add or upgrade a line. No trade-in required. Phone must be activated on a current wireless plan with monthly installments. Discounts will be applied over 24 monthly bill credits. Credits will end and any remaining balance is due if customer disconnects service, is delinquent on payments, or exercises early upgrades or device payoffs before 24 months. Not an early upgrade program for existing wireless customers; the current device being upgraded may not be on an existing installment plan and must be owned by customer to receive discount. Additional taxes and fees apply. Enrollment in paperless billing or autopay is required. Offer good while supplies last and may end at any time. Limit of four per account. May be combined with other promos. Restrictions apply, see store for details

Eligible Devices:

  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE
  • Samsung Galaxy Fold5
  • Samsung Galaxy Flip5
  • Samsung Galaxy S23 FE
  • Samsung Galaxy S24
  • Samsung Galaxy A54
  • Google Pixel 8
  • Google Pixel 8 Pro

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