As 2018 comes to a close, we here at Micrologic would like to reflect on the truly eventful year we had. We were able to enhance the communities around us and grow so we can continue to give you the best possible service. With our everchanging industry, we have taken great strides to expand our services in rural West Virginia and 2018 has been a great example of that. Here are just a handful of the projects Micrologic is most proud of from 2018:
- Tower Climbing Re-Certification – One of our first accomplishments was re-certifying our crew for Tower Climbing. Our line of work is always evolving and we are adamant about staying up to date on all certifications. This re-certification ensures that our employees understand proper techniques and practice them safely at the great heights they are typically climbing.
- We expanded! – We have been upgrading equipment on existing transmitter sites and have constructed multiple new towers for internet expansion. We have significantly upgraded service in Lewis, Barbour and Braxton Counties, communities we’ve served for years, and expanded into new territories such as Tucker and Grant County.
- Speaker System Installation – Another exciting project we were lucky enough to be a part of was installing a speaker system in downtown Buckhannon. We partnered with the City of Buckhannon and the Upshur County Convention and Visitors Bureau to use this speaker system for music, live broadcasts, and announcements on Main Street. Downtown Buckhannon has always been charming, but now the atmosphere is that much more inviting with music being played on the streets while you shop!
- State Park Projects – Another place we were able to bring connectivity to this year was the great outdoors. Both Audra and Watters Smith State Park had little to no cell service or internet availability. Now campers at both parks can enjoy being outdoors while also staying connected.
- Microsoft Airband Initiative – Micrologic leaders, Emiel Butcher and Mike Sherrell both made trips to Washington D.C. in 2018 to meet with senators Manchin and Capito, as well as Microsoft Representatives about the Microsoft Airband Initiative. This is a program that focuses on bringing broadband and connectivity to rural areas that don’t have the means to connect. Micrologic is passionate about bringing that initiative to rural West Virginia.
- Community Connect Grant Project – And perhaps our biggest project of 2018, was finalizing the Community Connect Grant and beginning the construction on the first tower in Randolph County. Micrologic has been contracted to upgrade three existing towers, and build 26 new towers in Upshur, Barbour and Randolph counties to increase connectivity to broadband in rural West Virginia. The U.S. Department of Agriculture gave the state a $3 million grant for this project in hopes to make accessing broadband easier and cheaper for West Virginia residents.
We are excited to continue with the productivity through 2019. Stay tuned and watch our Facebook page and website to follow the progress.