Our offices will be closed on Monday, February 19, for Presidents Day. This national holiday was originally recognized President George Washington’s Birthday, but is now viewed as a day to honor all U.S. presidents past and present.
For after hours support please call 360.898.2481.
Congratulations to Travis Sheetz our January Employee of the Month. Continue reading below to see why he’s being recognized by his peers!
Travis has been doing an amazing job of working with our inventory system. He’s reorganized the inventory and obsoleted old items making it more user friendly. Additionally he has taken on the immense task of updating the data in our mapping software. He’s done these additional duties while continuing to do his regular work as an installer, including some after hours installations, without grumbling. Keep up the good work Travis!
Congratulations to Darren Eisele on sixteen years at Hood Canal Communications in January. Happy HCC-iversary!
In honor of MLK Day, both of our offices will be closed on Monday, January 15. Learn more about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the holiday in his honor at thekingcenter.org.
For after hours assistance please call 360.898.2481.
On December 14, 2017, the Federal Communications Commission voted to undo “net neutrality” rules that were implemented in 2015. This change has caused much interest and excitement in the media and online. However, at Hood Canal Communications it’s business as usual. The company agrees that consumers should have unfettered access to the content on the Internet and consumer privacy should be protected by ISPs.
Additionally, Hood Canal Communications adheres to the following:
- HCC doesn’t block or throttle consumer access to lawful content online.
- HCC doesn’t share consumer data for any reason, including but not limited to marketing or resale to third parties, except when required by court order.
- HCC doesn’t engage in unlawful or anticompetitive discrimination against websites, streaming services, and voice applications regardless if they compete with products offered by HCC, nor does the company offer pay-for-priority services.
- HCC continues to invest in its network to meet the customers’ needs for internet speeds, capacity and services.
On Friday, December 22, our Shelton office will be closed at 11:30 am and our Union office will be closed at noon so that our staff may enjoy a holiday potluck together. Both of our offices will be closed on Monday, December 25, in celebration of Christmas.
Both of our offices will be closed on Monday, January 1, in celebration of New Years Day. Happy holidays from Hood Canal Communications!
Congratulations are in order for our December Employee of the Month Aaron Buechel! Learn why he’s being recognized by his peers, and which three employees are celebrating December HCC-iversaries below.
Aaron has a great attitude and is always ready to do whatever needs to be done. Recently a couple of co-workers needed to have their company vehicles washed and ready for an event but were short on time and ended up being out of the office unexpectedly. Aaron stepped up to the plate and took care of them himself. He never complains about doing tasks big or small, and never has the attitude that he’s the bosses’ son. Thank you, Aaron, for always being in a great mood and getting things done!
Congratulations to our employees celebrating work anniversaries in December: Lori Heinzen (2 yrs), Mary Shaffer (30 yrs), and Travis Sheetz (18 yrs). Happy HCC-iversary!
With the ease and availability of online streaming becoming increasingly popular, the speed at which your household connects may need to be revisited. For example, the number of Netflix subscribers increased from 26 million in 2012 to 109 million in 2017.
Some simple math can help you choose the ideal broadband speed for your household. Below are a few examples of data speeds.
HD video stream = 5Mbps download
ULTRA HD 4K video = 25Mbps download
Xbox One = 25 Mbps download minimum
YouTube = varies
When streaming YouTube videos, the total video will be downloaded at the maximum available bandwidth until the entire video has been downloaded. As a result, your connection can be taxed by the YouTube content depending on its size, quality, and length. The same principle applies when watching most other video content online.
Gaming systems are becoming more dependent on your broadband connection download and upload speeds. HCC recommends a hardwired connection of at least 25/3 Mbps per Xbox One or PS4 gaming system.
For non-gamers a good scale to use is that you should have 10Mbps per user, depending on how each person uses the internet. So if you’re thinking about adding some new tech gear this holiday season, give us a call at 360.898.2481. Our knowledgeable representatives will help you figure out if you already have enough speed or if it’s time to consider an upgrade.
Hood Canal Communications is pleased to announce that they received a $2.3 million Community Connect Grant from the USDA’s Rural Utility Service Telecommunications program. The grant is to extend broadband service to residents and business in the upper Lake Cushman area. The Fiber to the Home project will bring high speed internet service to homes and businesses that do not currently have access to broadband service.
See the company press release for additional information.
Join HCC in congratulating their two November Employees of the Month Dustin Crawford and Cara Treadwell! Continue reading below to see why they are being recognized by their peers.
Dustin is amazing to work with! He’s always willing to help out no matter how busy he already is. His terrific attitude is greatly appreciated by his co-workers and customers alike. He goes above and beyond the call of duty.
In just four months, Cara has proven to be a huge asset to her department and others. She is willing to help out in a pinch with whatever needs to get done. Welcome aboard and way to jump right in!
November is your chance to join HCC in supporting Mason County kids with two different campaigns- SHS Food Pantry Drive and Warm Hands Project!
2ND ANNUAL SHS FOOD PANTRY DRIVE!
For the second year in a row local businesses are rallying around the High Climbers to help stamp out hunger. The Shelton High School Library hosts a food bank for students in need of emergency food and supplies. During November, HCC, OCCU, Columbia Bank, and Heritage Bank are collecting donations for the food bank. The request is for single serving and microwavable items that are easy to grab and eat on the go. Drop off your donations at any of Mason County locations of the participating businesses. A list of requested items is below:
• Ravioli • Healthy Soups • Granola Bars • Fruit Cups • Mac & Cheese • Popcorn • Fruit Snacks • Tuna • Ramen • Oatmeal • Pudding • Apple Sauce • Juice Boxes • Hot Chocolate
17TH ANNUAL WARM HANDS PROJECT!
Hundreds of Mason County children will be able to enjoy warm hands and heads during our cold winter months this year thanks to the seventeenth annual “WARM HANDS” project sponsored this year by Kristmas Town Kiwanis.
WARM HANDS is the collection of new mittens, gloves, and hats for Mason County elementary school children. The items are collected during the entire month of November and then delivered to elementary schools throughout Mason County the first week of December.
The need for such clothing is high in our county and this is an easy way for all members of our community to help our kids stay warm and safe.
The goal this year is to raise 1200 sets of hats and mittens!
New hats, gloves, and mittens may be dropped off at the following participating businesses:
- Olsen’s Furniture
- Mariano’s Fine Jewelry
- Peninsula Credit Union-Shelton and Belfair branches
- Berkshire Hathaway; Bakala-State Farm
- Hood Canal Communications – Shelton and Union offices
- The Shopper
- Tupper’s Floor Coverings and Interiors
- Maple Glen Senior Living
- Annie’s Quilt Shoppe
- Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce
For more information please contact Michelle Corral at (360) 561-7998.