Cable TV SUN SPOT OUTAGES

It’s that time of year again when we will start to experience some Sun Outages. This will run from now through the end of March 2021. This will effect various channels at different times. This will only effect satellite based channels and will not cause issues with the local twin cities stations.

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30 Days of Thanks Winners

November 1-Shawn from our Bock Exchange, $50 Gas Card November 2-Martha from our Foreston Exchange, Blanket & Benton Coffee Mug November 3-John from our Rice Exchange, TV Fire Stick November 4-Zachary from our Buckman Exchange, $25 Amazon Gift Card November 5-Dennis & Shelly from our Rice Exchange, $50 Dollar General Gift Card November 6-Jeffrey & Tami from our Rice Exchange, Ring Door Bell & Echo Dot November 7-Amanda from our Ramey Exchange, $25 Netflix Gift Card November 8-Mark & Carrie from our Foreston Exchange, Bluetooth Headphones November 9-Randy & Judy from our Rice Exchange, $25 Hardware Hank Gift Card November 10-Donald from our Bock Exchange, Heavy Duty Extension Cord November… Read More

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Please watch for your capital credit check to arrive…

At Benton Communications one of our top priorities is our members. Your Board of Directors at Benton Cooperative Telephone Company have decided to mail dividend (capital credit) checks earlier than normal this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These checks are traditionally not disbursed until late August. However, the Board felt is was important to get this money into our members’ hands and into our local communities, as soon as possible. We hope this will help with any financial burden you may be going through. We’re all in this together!

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We are here for you…

As an essential service provider, we are here for you today and will be here for you tomorrow. While practicing social distancing, keep in mind we offer several billĀ payment options: online bill pay on our website (www.bctelco.net), pay over the phone by calling 320-393-2115, use our drop box at the Rice office location, or mail a check. If you experience a trouble, please call us to help troubleshoot your problems over the phone. Many technical problems can be resolved without having to come in or for us to send out a technician. We have 24/7 help available by calling 320-393-2115. Stay safe out there!

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

Benton Communications recognizes the potential impact and uncertainty the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is creating in Minnesota and the communities we serve. The safety and well-being of these communities and our employees are always a top priority; therefore, we have decided to take protective steps in hopes to minimize further spread of this disease. Refrain From Visiting Our Office In an effort to do our part to stop the spread of this virus we are asking our members, customers and vendors to call our office to transact business instead of visiting our office. Payments -Mail your payment. (2220 125th St NW, Rice MN 56367) -Go to www.bctelco.net and make an online payment.… Read More

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SUN SPOTS (OUTAGES) AFFECT CABLE TV SERVICE

Just as a thunderstorm creates magnetic disturbances in the form of lightning, the sun also creates a magnetic disturbance while expending energy in the form of storms, called solar flares, more commonly called Sun Spots. When the sun passes directly behind a satellite, the channels distributed by the satellite would be effected by sun spot activity. This activity occurs for about 2-3 weeks every fall (late September through mid October) and spring. When you experience a sun outage on a particular channel, that channel is being affected all over the county. What you may experience on a channel is a fuzzy signal, sparkles, or total loss of the channel. This… Read More

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