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Payment Options and New Processing Fee

Posted on: March 27th, 2017 No Comments

Hood Canal Communications is always searching for new ways to improve efficiency and the customer experience. In January an upgraded and mobile responsive online ebill platform was released. It features a more user-friendly interface and the ability to store multiple credit or debit cards for onetime payments. The menu also prominently features the option to setup automatic payments with credit or debit cards and checking accounts.

In addition to these online options Hood Canal Communications also accepts credit or debit card, cash, and check payments in both offices. Another payment option that customers utilize is credit or debit card payments by phone. While these calls are important at times they increase call volume and hold times. In order to improve the customer experience and allow customer service representatives to focus on troubleshooting, billing, new services, etc customers are being encouraged to make card payments online at billpay.hcc.net.

As a result, beginning June 1, 2017 a processing fee of $1.99 is being added to any credit or debit card payments made with a customer service representative over the phone. Beginning in April representatives will advise any customer paying by phone that the processing fee will begin June 1, 2017.

AWE TV Goes Dark

Posted on: March 21st, 2017 No Comments

Herring Networks, the owner of AWE TV (channel 337 and 220 in HD) has notified Hood Canal Communications that they are terminating their service with HCC on March 31, 2017.  Customers may consider Travel, channel 50, as an alternative outlet of travel related programming.

Unfortunately due to the lack of lead time Hood Canal Communications was not able to provide advance notification to cable subscribers. We apologize for the short notice.

March Employee Spotlight

Posted on: March 3rd, 2017 No Comments

Congratulations to our March Employees of the month Jeannie Dragt and Dan Dahl! Learn why their peers are recognizing below.

In just five months Dan has proven himself to be an invaluable addition to the HCC team. His work ethic, willing attitude, and expertise in performing maintenance and repair on our HFC plant makes him a tremendous asset. His efforts benefit his co-workers and customers directly by reducing system issues!

Jeannie is the gem of our tech support team. Her tenacious approach to trouble shooting means that customers get their problems solved. Even if an issue is particularly difficult and hard to isolate Jeannie sticks with it to get it resolved- all with a smile! Her assistance with escalated support issues after hours is greatly appreciated by her teammates as well.

Congratulations to Mikey Marshall on 2 years at HCC in March.  Happy HCC-iversary!

 

Lineup Changes- Fox Business and ESPN Classic

Posted on: March 1st, 2017 No Comments

Fox Business Network is heading to HCC basic cable. The network is moving from Preferred cable channel 343 down to channel 70 on April 5. Basic cable customers will be able to enjoy programming like: Countdown to the Closing Bell, Lou Dobbs Tonight, and more.

ESPN Classic is evolving to an exclusively TV Everywhere service on April 5.   HCC cable subscribers will be able to view over 600 hours of archived content from all of their favorite sports via the watchTVeverywhere.com platform. Sign up today at hcc.net/wtve.

Spring Sun Outages

Posted on: February 27th, 2017 No Comments

What are sun outages and how do they affect HCC cable customers? In both the spring and fall, the sun passes behind certain communications satellites once per day.  During this time, the energy from the sun will overpower the signal from the satellite, causing loss of signal, tiling and no reception at all on several channels. This can last 2 to 3 weeks and causes channels to go black for a brief period of time.  Initially, outages will be gradual and slight, and can last 15-20 minutes at peak times.  On your television you may see the error messages, “one moment please, this channel will be available shortly,” error code SOAOO, or “no signal” during the time of an outage. Unfortunately, there is nothing that we can do to prevent sun outages from occurring.  All cable and satellite companies are affected by this semi-annual occurrence.  We apologize for this programming interruption.

Watch the brief video below, from another cable operator, that explains sun outages simply.

Copyright: abidal / 123RF Stock Photo

Job Opportunity- Buried Construction Laborer

Posted on: February 15th, 2017 No Comments

Hood Canal Communications needs a full time laborer.  Position involves underground construction activities including: pulling cables in trenches, setting pedestals, digging, flagging, etc.  Salary DOQ.  Great benefits package.

Must have WA State flagging certification, valid WDL, First Aid/CPR certification. 

Email or send resume to:
Hood Canal Communications
PO Box 249
Union, WA 98592

Please no walk-ins or phone calls. Hood Canal Communications is a drug free, equal opportunity employer.

Job Opportunity- Mechanic & Maintenance Tech

Posted on: February 14th, 2017 No Comments

Fleet Mechanic/ Maintenance Technician

Hood Canal Communications seeks a full time mechanic. Duties to include general maintenance of company vehicles and work equipment.  Responsible for maintenance scheduling and purchasing of related supplies. Must be organized and dependable, have a valid Washington state driver’s license and high school diploma. Salary DOQ, experience required. Great benefits package.

Send resume to Hood Canal Communications, ATTN: Kelle Oblizalo, PO Box 249, Union, WA 98592 or via email. Please no walk-ins or phone calls. Hood Canal Communications is a drug free, equal opportunity employer.

Office Closure- Presidents Day

Posted on: February 8th, 2017 No Comments

Our offices will be closed on Monday, February 20, for Presidents Day. This national holiday was originally meant to recognize President George Washington’s Birthday, but is now viewed as a day to honor all U.S. presidents past and present.

Malware, Adware, Pop-ups, Oh My!

Posted on: February 1st, 2017 No Comments

malware-artYou may have heard about, or even been the victim of, the very intrusive computer pop-up that appears to magically know who your internet service provider is. These pop-ups may say something like: “Attention Hood Canal Communications Customer, your computer has been compromised.” These pop-ups tend to be very difficult to close. Tech support has received an increased number of phone calls lately about this particular problem.

Malware and Adware can take many forms. They can be sneaky, hiding out on your hard drive and jumping out when you least expect them. Other times, they are more apparent with the fake pop-up warnings. Sometimes, they come right out and speak to you. One kind of pop-up features a person telling you that your computer is infected and you need to hurry up and take action to resolve it. The person will continue to speak until you reboot your computer.

The source of these pop-ups is often downloading free software, games, movies, and music. Always remember, there is truly nothing out there in cyberspace that is completely free. Many of the free programs bring unwanted friends, like malware or adware, with them. They can appear in the form of pop-ups and even slow down your computer.

You may wonder how these pop-ups know who your internet service provider is. Every internet service provider utilizes their own block of IP addresses. These IP addresses are assigned to the device you use to access the internet (the modem or router). Just like you can identify the town a person is calling from by their phone number, scammers can identify who your internet service provider is by the IP address you are using.

So what can you do? If you have a pop-up that says not to restart your computer, don’t believe it! The only way to get that pop-up to go away is to restart your computer. It is also suggested that you download and run Malwarebytes Free, which is available from malwarebytes.org. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact HCC support, they are happy to help!

One last word on scams – tech support continues to receive reports from customers that they are getting cold calls allegedly from Microsoft. The caller claims that their computer is infected with viruses. Do not allow these scammers access to your computer! They will create issues on your computer and then try to charge you to fix the problems they just created. Always stop and think, would Microsoft really call people out of the blue?

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact HCC tech support at 360.898.4357 or support@hcc.net.

February Employee Spotlight

Posted on: February 1st, 2017 No Comments

Join us in congratulating, Brooke Ogg and Vanessa Nelson, our February Employee of the Month.  Read below why they are being recognized by their peers and which three employees have HCC-iversaries in February.

Vanessa Nelson

Vanessa is a compassionate employee and co-worker. Recently when a co-worker was struggling with an upset customer she volunteered to take over the call and help resolve the problem for the customer. If she sees a peer in distress she willingly lends a helping hand. We’re thankful to have Vanessa on team HCC!

 

Brooke Ogg

Brooke is humble and hardworking. The start of a new year is an extremely busy time for the HCC accounting department with year-end financials and audits. On top of it all she is working diligently on inventory. She has put in a lot of overtime even working from home. On a recent holiday weekend she had to work even with the Seahawks playoff game going on. She’s a total boss and HCC is lucky to have her!

Congratulations to the following employees celebrating work anniversaries in February- Marti Depoe (17 years),Will Crossen (1 year), and Jeannie Dragt (3 years).  Happy HCC-iversary!

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