PMT Pays $337,612 to Customers

PMT is proud to announce that $337,612 was approved by the Board of Directors to be paid out to the cooperative’s members. Project Mutual Telephone Inc. is a non-profit cooperative that pays dividends back to customers based on the Board’s discretion in regard to their annual net revenue. The more services used by each member, the larger their patronage check. This year’s dividend payment will be issued in December and represents a portion of patronage earned in 1995 and 2018.

“We are very proud to be able to return this money to our members. We are the only communication company in the area who pays customers back,” says PMT Board Chairman Dan Lloyd. “Paying customers patronage is a tangible way to say, ‘thanks for doing business locally’ because, without our members, we don’t exist.”

Checks will be mailed the first of December. For those members receiving dividends in the amount of ten dollars or less, the credit will be applied to their December bill.

What is Patronage?

Did you know that as a member of a cooperative you are part owner? Each time you subscribe to one of PMT’s services like High Speed Internet or TV you are not just a customer; you are making an investment in a company that you actually own!

As an owner of a telephone cooperative, you are entitled to benefits that are not available to customers of private or big name telephone companies. These benefits include:

  • You elect each representative on the Board of Directors. Their role is to ensure the cooperative provides the highest quality, best value and latest technologies for you and protect your investment.
  • Any net profit is allocated back to members in the form of patronage dividends. Your percentage is tied directly to what you’ve invested.
  • You can be sure that we aren’t out to make a profit, but rather invest in our communities including members, business and schools that depend on the latest technologies to remain competitive and be successful in today’s global economy.

In order to operate the business, patronage remain with the cooperative for a certain amount of time before they are retired, or returned, to members in the form of patronage dividend checks. Dividends are typically paid during the month of December.

If you do move to an area outside of our service area, your membership status is canceled; any patronage earned will remain with the cooperative until they are retired. It is the former member’s responsibility to notify us of any address changes. In the event that we cannot locate you, after a certain amount of time, unclaimed monies are transferred to the PMT Foundation – our charitable foundation that awards community grants and scholarships. Members can see if they have unclaimed patronage here.

The only exception for paying out an account early is death of a member. There are forms and documentation to submit in order to pay the estate of the deceased member — contact the business office for more details.

 

PMT Delivers $2,200 to Local Elementary Schools

Local elementary schools in Minidoka and Cassia counties recently received a boost in funds as PMT donated $2,200 to the schools. PMT donated the money to the schools as part of a back-to-school promotion they ran. In September and October, PMT customers choose a local elementary school to receive a $50 donation, made on their behalf from PMT, when they signed up or upgraded their PMT Internet.

“This promotion is a win-win for both the schools and our customers,” states Dan Hoover, PMT CEO. “Our member customers are getting the fastest, most reliable internet for their day-to-day needs like homework, work, and entertainment.  At the same time, the schools are benefiting with a much-needed boost to their funds.”

Here is how much each school received this year.

Acequia Elementary received $100

 

Rupert Elementary received $750

 

Paul Elementary received $250

 

Heyburn Elementary received $250

 

Oakley Elementary received $150

 

White Pine Elementary received $200

 

Mountain View Elementary received $100

 

Dworshak Elementary received $250

 

John V. Evans Elementary received $100

2019 Grant Recipients Announced

The PMT Foundation awarded over $15,000 to organizations in the Magic Valley, each seeking to help sustain and improve our community.

“Once again we received grant applications from many worthwhile and deserving organizations from all across the area served by PMT,” states Marianne Welch, PMT Foundation Chairman. “We are pleased to announce our 2019 grant recipients and wish them continued success in their efforts to positively impact many in the communities they serve in the Magic Valley.”

As a customer-owned cooperative, Project Mutual Telephone (PMT) pays patronage dividends back to customers every year based on services used. When those monies go unclaimed for a number of years, they are transferred over to the PMT Foundation, which focuses on furthering education through a scholarship program and supporting community projects through grant awards.

The 2019 recipients were:

  • Oakely Valley Senior Citizens – $4,000 – To purchase tables and chairs for the Heritage Center, as the number of seniors using the center continues to rise.
  • Mini-Cassia Shelter – $3,500 – To replace aged appliances in the safe house
  • Friends of the DeMary Library – $2,534 – To install a set of Handicap Automatic Door Openers on the west side of the Library.
  • Mini-Cassia Search and Rescue – $2,500 – To purchase thermal imagers to help aid in search and rescue missions. The thermal imagers are useful in that they can expedite searches as they work in the dark, and in inclement weather.
  • Wilson Theatre – $2,500 – To purchase a scrim screen to project scenery on the stage for plays, concerts and productions.

 

PMT Grant Applications are awarded once a year and will become available again in the summer of 2020.

 

About PMT Foundation

The PMT Foundation was created in 2006 by the PMT Board of Directors as a charitable foundation. The Foundation helps further education in communities served by PMT through its scholarship program.  It also supports projects and programs that sustain and improve those communities.

 

 

About PMT 

Project Mutual Telephone (PMT) is a full-service communications company providing local telephone and its associated features, including long distance and voicemail, cell phone service, cable TV, IPTV, high-speed internet, directory publishing and computer networking and repair for home and office.  Headquartered in Rupert, Idaho, PMT has been serving the Magic Valley since 1916.  PMT serves 8,000 member customers and has offices in Rupert, Burley and Twin Falls, ID.

Automatically Finding the Best WiFi!

Automatically Finding the Best Wi-Fi Signal Wherever You Are In Your Home

We know how important it is for you to have a strong Wi-Fi signal throughout your home. That’s why many modern gateways (also known as routers, modems or access points) have powerful features designed to help you get the strong connections you want. Here are two of them:

Band steering: keeping you on the road less traveled.

Imagine a single lane highway that carries all the traffic both in, and out of, a town. If it’s a fair-sized town, that road could get pretty congested at times, and vehicles traveling on it can interfere with each other.

Now imagine if that same road was widened into two lanes. Congestion would be halved, and it would be able to carry twice as much traffic.

Wi-Fi is a lot like that.

In the beginning, there was only one Wi-Fi frequency: 2.4 GHz—a single road. As Wi-Fi became more popular, the 5 GHz band was introduced, doubling the amount of traffic a Wi-Fi network can handle.

Older devices can still only operate on the 2.4 GHz band, but newer ones can operate on both. However, in most cases, the device chooses the band. For example, your brand new phone might stay on the 2.4 GHz band as long as it can connect to it, even though there may be less congestion on the 5 GHz band. It will only switch to the 5 GHz band if you tell it to or if it can no longer connect to the 2.4 GHz band.

Some modern gateways don’t leave the choice up to your devices. They monitor how much traffic there is on the 2.4 GHz band and, if it’s too congested, will steer your devices to the less traveled 5 GHz band. Of course, if you still have old devices that can only connect on 2.4 GHz, these gateways will leave them where they are.

Node steering: finding you the best connection.

If you’ve installed a MiHome, a Whole Home Wi-Fi solution from PMT, in your residence, you may have one or more smaller boxes in different parts of your home. These units ‘mesh’ together to expand your Wi-Fi coverage across your entire property—perhaps even to your garage and front and back yards. They receive the signal from your primary gateway and transmit it further afield. In this situation, both the gateway and each of your additional units are referred to as “nodes”.

When you move around with your devices, you’ll move away from your primary gateway and towards one of the other units. Or you may move from one unit’s coverage area to another. In each case, the system will automatically steer—or switch—your devices to the gateway or unit that delivers the strongest signal. You don’t have to do a thing.

PMT Coupon Book

Save Big on Your Favorite PMT Services with the 2019 PMT Coupon Book.

The coupon book is packed full of savings for both current and new customers.  Offers include 3 months free on our most popular services including high-speed internet, cable TV, PMT Mobile and more!

 

PMT Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

The PMT Foundation is seeking applications from organizations in the Magic Valley to receive financial funds that help support, sustain and improve our community.  Favorable consideration will be given to:

  • Projects that reach a broader segment of the community.
  • Requests for seed money to realize unusual opportunities that meet urgent to special needs in the community.
  • Stimulate and encourage additional funding for community projects.
  • Promote cooperation and partnerships within the community.

The deadline to submit grant applications is August 16, 2019.

Application forms are available at www.pmt.org or PMT offices in Burley or Rupert.

For more information contact Rick Harder at (208) 434-7124.

About the PMT Foundation

The PMT Foundation was created in 2006 by the PMT Board of Directors as a charitable foundation. The Foundation furthers education in communities served by Project Mutual Telephone through its scholarship program, and supports projects and programs that sustain and improve those communities.

To date, the Foundation has helped over 48 area students with funding to further their education beyond high school by continuing the scholarship tradition that PMT established in 1990.  The Foundation has contributed over $190,000 in grant awards to community organizations that help sustain and improve our local community through various projects.

 

2017 Recipients

2018 Recipients

PMT Foundation Awards $8000 in Scholarships to Local Students

Four Magic Valley graduates will each be awarded a $2000 PMT Foundation Scholarship. They are Carol Blauer of Burley, Makenzy Whittekiend of Wendell, and Rylee Carter and Cassie Beene both of Rupert. All four showed outstanding academic performance, as well as exemplary community and extra-curricular involvement and dedication to their future education.

“Once again our pool of scholarship applicants was outstanding.  With that said, these four students really stood out to all members of our selection committee.  On behalf of the PMT Foundation board members I’d like to congratulate our four $2000 scholarship recipients and wish them much success in their college endeavors,” said PMT Foundation Board Chairman Marianne Welch. In the past 29 years, PMT, and now the PMT Foundation, have awarded $132,500 in scholarships to our communities’ children. The four recipients are from across the Magic Valley.

Carol Blauer is a hard-working graduate from Burley High School, who maintained a 4.0 GPA while being involved in many extra-curricular activities, sports, clubs, as well as working outside of school. Carol was an active member of the National Honors Society, Health Occupations Students of America, and Future Farmers of America, as well as participating in volleyball, track and basketball for BHS. She plans on attending the Brigham Young University this fall, working towards becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner by obtaining a Master of Science Degree in Nursing.

Makenzy Whittekiend is a dedicated student from Hagerman High School with a 3.97 GPA. Makenzy took a challenging course load, taking many dual-credit classes during her high school career, as well as being highly involved in FFA, where she was an active leader in her chapter and received state and national awards.  In addition to her schooling, club involvement and volunteer work, Mackenzy also worked part time throughout her high school years.  She plans on finishing her Associate’s Degree at the College of Southern Idaho majoring in Natural Resource Management and Geographic Information Systems, then transferring to Utah State University to obtain a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Ecology and Management.

Cassie Beene of Rupert is a dedicated student who finished her high school career with a 3.94 GPA and 41 college credits. Cassie was an active participant in FFA and 4-H where she held many offices in both organizations.  In addition, she volunteered many hours in her community and worked part-time at the Rupert Animal Clinic. She plans on attending the College of Idaho where she will finish her Associate’s Degree in Agriculture Business and then transfer to Montana State University to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Business with a minor in Animal Science.

Rylee Carter graduated top of her class at Minico High School where she worked hard during her high school career taking challenging courses while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.  She’s been involved in the National Honor Society, Spartan Singers and Science Club.  She has also volunteered her time outside of school, as well as working part time. Rylee plans to attend Idaho State University and will major in secondary education with a focus on mathematics.

In its 13th year of existence, the PMT Foundation’s creation was authorized by the PMT Board of Directors as a charitable foundation for the purposes of supporting worthy community projects and educational scholarships. The PMT Foundation furthers education in communities served by PMT through its scholarship program and supports projects and programs that sustain and improve those communities through community grants.

The 2019 PMT Foundation board members are Marianne Welch, Chairman; Jim Evans, Vice-Chairman; Rick Harder, Secretary;  LaLanne Delis, Alan Johnson, Patty Temple, Jennie Schow, and Diana Warburton.

PMT Gives $5,000 Towards New Scoreboard at Minico

PMT donates $5,000 towards Minico’s new football scoreboard. Left-to-Right, Rick Harder (PMT CFO), Ty Shippen (Minico AD), Josh Aston (Minico Principal), and Dan Hoover (PMT CEO)

 

The Bill Matthew’s Football Field at Minico High School will be donning a new scoreboard next season, thanks in part to a generous $5,000 donation from PMT.

Minico’s scoreboard was no longer functioning correctly and needed replacement. “It was a dinosaur of a scoreboard and the company that made it could no longer fix the problems it had,” states Ty Shippen, Minco Athletic Director.  “Rather than sink money into an obsolete board, we decided to pursue a new board that would be functional and reliable.  We want our community, coaches, and players not to have to worry about whether the scoreboard is functioning.  A first-class football program shouldn’t have problems with their scoreboard.  It reflects poorly on our team and is frustrating for our fans.”

“We are so grateful for the generous support of PMT and other local businesses. Athletics and extra-curricular activities provide opportunities and teach amazing life lessons to our students. We are fortunate to have businesses, like PMT, that recognize the impact extra-curricular activities have on the entire community and are willing to help support our schools,” said Josh Aston, Minico Principal.

“We’re excited to give this money to Minico High School Athletics to help fund their new scoreboard,” states Dan Hoover, PMT President, and CEO.  “High school football is a community affair around here, and we’re glad to know that we had a part in ensuring all those that watch the games at Minico in the years to come will be able to view the score on a fully functioning scoreboard.”

The new scoreboard has been ordered and will be installed in time for the 2019 football season.

 

PMT Makes a $25,000 Contribution to the Rupert Square Renovations

From Left to Right: Charlie Creason, Rick Harder (PMT CFO), Dan Hoover (PMT CEO), and Michael Brown, (City of Rupert Mayor)

PMT recently made a $15,000 donation to the City of Rupert to help with the Rupert Square renovations.  PMT also made another $10,000 contribution to the Square project in Charlie Creason’s name in honor of his retirement from PMT.  Creason was the President and CEO of PMT for over 22 years from 1992-2015.  Creason has been a long-time supporter of economic development and Rupert’s revitalization, spearheading projects such as the Wilson Theatre renovation and developing Wee Links, a 6-hole youth golf course.  Creason also owns E-Street Deli and the Drift Inn, both on the Rupert Square.

“It was an honor for the PMT Board of Directors to recognize Charlie Creason for his outstanding leadership as he retired as General Manager at PMT! In recognition of his years of civic involvement in helping to renovate downtown Rupert, the Board chose to donate in Charlie’s name to help in the remodel of the Rupert Square and park,” states Alan Johnson, PMT Board Member.

“Charlie believes in the power of community and set the precedent of giving back to our community that PMT is known for.   PMT is glad to continue the tradition he set and be highly involved in the communities we serve.  When Charlie retired, the Square project was just getting off the ground.  Now, four years later, we’re happy to make this donation, part in his name, to leave a lasting legacy on Rupert and those that live, work, and visit here.”

About the Rupert Square Project

Phase 2 of the Rupert Square renovations started the beginning of March and is scheduled to for a June completion, in time for the Rupert 4th of July Celebration.  Rupert Square Phase II project will update the existing streetscape to include new concrete curb and gutter, sidewalks, and landscape. New curb and gutter will be placed on the corners and adjacent intersections of the Square. New sidewalks will contain a mix of fresh concrete and pavers that aim to update the surrounding aesthetics of the recently renovated park. New landscaping on the streetscape will include new trees in concrete planter boxes with decorative fencing, new concrete planter pots, and hanging baskets that will be installed on light poles. The project will also install two new customized items, one of which will be a 3’ x 5’ City of Rupert medallion that will be inset into the new concrete approach on the Southeast corner of the Square. The second customized item is a post clock that has been donated and will help to add to the updated aesthetics.

PMT in the Community

PMT is committed to serving the residents of Southern Idaho, and our dedication to this area is fundamental to who we are as a customer-owned company.  Unlike our national competitors, we care about more than just making a profit.  We are about making a difference.

Here are some recent contributions PMT has made in the community:

Wilson Theatre Gala
$1000 Donation

The Annual Wilson Theatre Fundraising Gala, raises money for the operation and maintenance of the Historic Wilson Theatre.  This year’s gala was held on March 2 at the Wilson Theatre.  Event-goers enjoyed good food, live entertainment, raffle and auction.

Kris Faux, Wilson Theatre Administrator said “The Historic Wilson Theatre would like to thank PMT for playing such an important part in our Gala as a Diamond Sponsor! This money is very important to the Wilson Theatre and helps us continue the restoration, maintain the building and support the various events held at the Theatre. PMT has been a long time supporter of the Theatre.  It is always a pleasure to work with PMT, whether they are supporting the Gala or making sure we have enough Wi-Fi for our events. We consider PMT to be at the top of our business partner list.”

To learn more about the Theatre and view upcoming events visit the Historic Wilson Theatres website here.

 

Annual QRU Fundraiser
$400 Sponsorship

PMT is pleased to be able give $400 to the 12th Annual QRU Fundraiser.  This year’s event is scheduled for Sunday, June 2nd, 2019.  Events include a pancake breakfast, a motorcycle challenge run, live entertainment, raffle, evening BBQ, bounce house, photo booth and much more.

This event is put together to offer appreciation, and some much-needed financial support for some local heroes.  100% of the proceeds raised at the event will be divided equally amount 9 local Magic Valley Quick Response Units, which are: West End (Paul), Filer, Buhl, Hagerman, Salmon Tract (Hollister), Rupert, Rock Creek (Kimberly), Bliss and Castleford.

To learn more about the event visit the Annual QRU Fundraiser’s website here.

 

Minico American Legion Baseball
$150

$150 secures PMT’s logo at Warburton field during the season and gives the American Legion Baseball team’s funds a boost to help with maintenance of the field as well as costs incurred by the team.

 

Minico High School Senior Celebration
$100 Donation

In a few short months, Minico High School will be graduating the Class of 2019.  PMT is happy to donate $100 to an all-night graduation party where these seniors can celebrate their accomplishment in a fun and safe environment.  Way to go Minico Class of 2019!