DJ Johnson Announced as 2022 Employee of the Year

DJ Johnson was announced as Employee of the Year for 2022 at PMT’s Annual Awards Banquet. DJ has been working at PMT for the past seven years. DJ has been in the IT field for 35 years and has worked worldwide.  He claims to be an IT guy but not a geek. Since joining PMT in 2014, DJ has worked as an Infrastructure Engineer, helping design, build, improve and integrate all the different technological equipment, networking, and programming needed to make PMT’s voice, video, and Internet services work for customers.

“DJ is well-deserving of our Employee of the Year award,” stated Dan Hoover, PMT President and CEO. “DJ works in our IT Department, his knowledge, his work ethic and great attitude helping his coworkers always stand out. DJ along with the rest of the IT/NOC department spend many evening hours and nights, working to ensure our PMT network is up to date with software and security.”

DJ, and his wife Wendy, live in Rupert.  They have three grown children. Outside of work, he enjoys spending time with his family, camping, collecting and shooting guns, and enjoying good food.

Congratulations DJ!  Thanks for your dedication and keep up the great work!

Other highlights from the Awards Party include Lisa Sibbett receiving the President’s Award and many employees being recognized for excellent performance by their managers.

The following employees and Board of Director member were also recognized for milestone service anniversaries:

  • Ron Clawson (Board Director) – 30 years of service
  • Teresa Riedlinger – 20 years of service
  • Keith Burgoyne – 5 years of service
  • Clint Carter – 5 years of service
  • Jacque Hale – 5 years of service

PMT Donates $5000 Towards Minico High School Booster Club Building

 

Come this Fall, the Minico High School Booster Club will finally have a dedicated building to sell and store their merchandise, thanks, in part, to generous donations from PMT and Minidoka Memorial Hospital.

PMT and Minidoka Memorial Hospital each donated $5,000 to the Booster Club to help cover the cost of the building.  The Booster Club raised additional money from the community as well.  The building will be built by Minico High School students in Mr. Brent Van Every’s classes.  The students will start construction this Spring and have it completed before school lets out.  The Booster Club will utilize the building to store and sell merchandise at different sporting events at Minico High School.  The money raised by the Club helps promote, foster, and encourage athletic programs and other school-sponsored activities.  The Booster Club is looking forward to finally having a secure building and having some protection from the elements at outdoor games. They plan to hold a ribbon-cutting at the building in the Fall.

“We love when we get to partner with Minidoka Memorial Hospital to help organizations in our community,” states Dan Hoover, PMT President & CEO.  “What’s special about this project is not only is it benefiting the Booster Club, which in turn benefits the school, but it will also teach valuable, hands-on experience to the students who build it.”

Community partnerships such as PMT and Minidoka Memorial Hospital continue to be a bright spot in the community.  “We are excited to partner with PMT in support of our local school district.  The students and student athletes are important to future success in our community, and we are happy to support such a creative and much needed building for the Minico Booster Club” states Tom Murphy, CEO Minidoka Memorial Hospital.

 

About PMT

PMT, a customer-owned co-op, has been serving the Magic Valley since 1916. Today, PMT is a full-service communication company, providing high-speed internet, local and long-distance telephone service, cable television, IPTV, business phone systems, networking, and managed services.  Our members enjoy one of the finest communication systems available in the nation, supported by award-winning customer service. From the live, local person who answers your call to the knowledgeable technician who comes to your door, PMT connects you.

 About Minidoka Memorial Hospital

Minidoka Memorial is a community owned hospital, operating since 1960 under the direction of a Board of Trustees, appointed by the Minidoka County Commissioners.  As such, decisions are made locally, resulting in exceptional care, tremendous growth and love of community.  The medical care available to the Mini-Cassia area by Minidoka Memorial has expanded with the addition of multiple physicians and specialists, with total employees of over 400, making it one of the largest employers in Minidoka County.  Our mission is to be an independent community hospital dedicated to improving the health and wellbeing of the Mini-Cassia area by providing and promoting the highest quality and compassionate primary healthcare possible. 

PMT Delivers $6,850 to Local Elementary Schools

PMT recently delivered $6,850 to local elementary schools in Minidoka and Cassia counties. PMT donated the money on behalf of their customers who signed up or upgraded their internet connection during September and October. Customers were able to choose the local elementary school of their choice for the money to go to on their behalf.

“As a customer-owned cooperative, we are always looking for ways to benefit our members and give back to our community,” states Dan Hoover, PMT CEO. “This promotion allows our members to get the fastest, most reliable internet, while at the same time benefiting our local schools with a boost to their funds.”

Here is how much each school received this year.

Acequia Elementary

$                            300.00 

Rupert Elementary

$                          1,750.00 

Paul Elementary

$                            650.00 

Heyburn Elementary

$                            950.00 

St Nicholas School

$                            400.00 

Oakley Elementary

$                            800.00 

White Pine Elementary

$                            650.00 

Mountain View Elementary

$                            300.00 

Dworshak Elementary

$                            750.00 

John V. Evans Elementary

$                            300.00 

GRAND TOTAL 

$              6,850.00

2021 PMT Grant Recipients

The PMT Foundation awarded over $20,000 to organizations in the Magic Valley, each seeking to help sustain and improve our community.

“Every year at this time, I’m reminded of how blessed we are to live in a community with so many nonprofit organizations that serve so many. We want to congratulate our 2021 grant recipients and want to thank them for their efforts to positively impact the communities they serve in our beautiful Magic Valley,” states Marianne Welch, PMT Foundation Chairman.

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’re transferred over to the PMT Foundation, which focuses on furthering education through a scholarship program and supporting community projects through grant awards. 

The 2021 grant recipients are:

  • American Legion Post 17 – $2,400 – To repair the steps and landing into the Post’s entryway of their building.
  • Cassia County Historical Society and Museum – $3,674– To help with the repair and restoration of the front of the main building, general store, and the one-room schoolhouse.
  • The Children’s Museum of the Magic Valley – $3,700 – to go toward increasing their “Rigamajig” exhibit capacity.  The “Rigamajig” are simple wooden boards and plastic bolts that participants can turn into working machines. The Children’s Museum of the Magic Valley travels throughout the valley with this exhibit and more on the On the Go truck, their mobile outreach program.
  • Jerome Senior Center – $3,400 – to repaint the interior of the Senior Center. The Senior Center walls see a lot of wear and tear from daily use, and after 12 years, need to be repainted to continue to be a welcoming environment for seniors and a resource for the community.
  • St. Nicholas Catholic School – $7,000 – After experiencing rapid enrollment growth, St. Nicholas has expanded their facilities into an adjacent building. The funds will be used to upgrade the wiring, cabling, and phone system between the two buildings to ensure students can continue to receive quality instruction with technology integration and enable seamless communication between the two buildings. 

PMT Grant Applications are awarded once a year and will become available again in the summer of 2022.

What’s the Deal with Authorized Account Access?: Understanding CPNI

Have you ever tried to call for information concerning your service, only to be rebuffed by a customer service rep because you weren’t authorized on the account? It can be a frustrating roadblock, but it’s actually one that exists to protect you and your data.

Read on to learn more about Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) and how federal law benefits you.

Understanding the Basics of CPNI

Customer Proprietary Network Information (CPNI) is the official term for your data as a communications customer. Your data is protected against unauthorized use and disclosure under federal law. Under CPNI regulations, service providers like PMT are forbidden from disclosing:

  • Information about the quantity, technical configuration, type, destination, location, and amount of use of your communication services
  • Any information contained on your bill regarding communication services

For those who don’t understand the industry jargon, it means that unless you’re authorized on the account, there’s certain information you won’t be able to access. Things like phone numbers called, the length of conversations and the account holder’s services can only be disclosed to the account holder. It’s the law.

There are a few things that CPNI doesn’t include, though. For example, CPNI doesn’t target aggregated information—that is, nonspecific data—to a single customer.

It doesn’t matter your relationship to the account holder, even if you’re the spouse or next of kin. If you’re not on the account, we can’t share unauthorized information, no matter what. While the policy can be frustrating, the law actually exists to protect you.

A Brief History of CPNI

Thanks to the U.S. Telecommunications Act of 1996, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is the body that regulates how CPNI is used and distributed. The FCC is charged with managing your privacy as a communication services customer. In 2007, the FCC CPNI Order created additional rules and restrictions for managing CPNI.

These regulations limited the information carriers could disclose to third-party marketing firms without first securing customer consent, such as the circumstances that allowed customer service reps to share call details, and created new, rigorous customer identity verification procedures for carriers.

CPNI regulations are in place to protect you, the customer, from unscrupulous marketers and potential fraudsters. Although it might seem unnecessary to protect your data from your loved ones, you might be surprised at how common—and dangerous—data breaches can be. A few examples include multiple breaches in the T-Mobile system, a Home Depot SNAFU, and, more seriously, a multi-million dollar AT&T SIM-swap theft.

While CPNI restrictions may seem like a hassle, they’re there to protect you, your information, and your privacy. And at PMT, we don’t just want to keep you connected—we want to keep you protected, too.

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 20, 2021.

2021 PMT Foundation Grant Applications 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 56 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 $220,000 in grant awards to community organizations that help sustain and improve our local community through various projects.

2020 Recipients

2019 Recipients

2018 Recipients

2017 Recipients

2021 PMT Foundation Scholarship Awards

Four Magic Valley graduates will each be awarded a $2000 PMT Foundation Scholarship. They are Kent Merrill, Maisie Neilson, and Hana Pfeiffer of Minico High School and Jeremy Case of Twin Falls High School.  All four showed outstanding academic performance, exemplary community and extra-curricular involvement, and dedication to their future education.

 

PMT Foundation Board President Marianne Welch stated, “The scholarship committee was very impressed with the exceptional applications we received this year. We appreciate that so many graduating seniors across the entire Magic Valley and Mini-Cassia areas participate in our scholarship application process every year. I’m confident the outstanding efforts of these seniors throughout high school will be a strong foundation for their success in college and beyond. On behalf of the PMT Foundation Board, I want to extend sincere congratulations to our 2021 scholarship winners and wish them all the best!”

 

Jeremy Case is a determined graduate of Twin Falls High School, where he worked hard both in and out of the classroom while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.  He has been highly involved in 4-H, FFA, and Business Professionals of America and works part-time.   Jeremy plans on attending Utah State University, majoring in Molecular Biology with minors in Chemistry and Spanish.  He plans to further his education and earn a Ph.D. in Biotechnology.

 

Kent Merrill of Minico High School is a hardworking student, athlete, and community volunteer.  Throughout his high school career, he maintained a 4.0 GPA while taking a rigorous course load, student government, and high school athletics. He plans on attending Idaho State University this fall, where he plans to study mathematics and science.

 

Maisie Neilson is a Minico High School graduate who finished her high school career with a 3. 8 GPA and an associate’s degree from CSI. Maisie was involved in softball, cheerleading, and the National Honors Society.  Maisie also received the Health Hero award for spreading awareness about the dangers of vaping and tobacco use to children and youth. In addition to her schooling, Maisie also worked part-time.  Maisie is enrolling in the College of Idaho’s pre-law program and studying political science. After her undergraduate work, she plans on attending law school.

 

Hana Pfeiffer finished top of her class at Minico High School with a 4.0 GPA.  Hana is highly involved both in the classroom and in her community.  She served in student government, was President of Minico’s National Honor Society, was involved in yearbook and 4-H, and is a Healthy Teen Living Advocate. Outside the classroom, Hana is involved in dance and volunteering her time in the community.  In addition, Hana works part-time and served as a Senate Page for the 2021 Idaho Legislative Session.  Hana will attend the College of Idaho, majoring in Environmental Economy with minors in Environmental Science, Criminal Justice, and Natural Resources. After earning her undergraduate degree, she has her eyes set on law school.

In its 15th year of existence, the PMT Foundation’s creation was authorized by the PMT Board of Directors as a charitable foundation to support 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.

Why Managed Wi-Fi May Be Right For You

If you’re like most people these days, you’ve got a lot going on. Whether it’s students learning from home, adults working from home, or some combination of both, we know the last thing you want to worry about is which device is going to connect in which room. That’s why PMT offers MiHome, a managed WiFi solution that will provide your devices with reliable and continuous coverage throughout your house.

 

The term “managed WiFi” is really just another way to say: “We’ve got you covered.” From network set-up and equipment, to ongoing monitoring and service, MiHome will ensure your home WiFi network works exactly how and where you need it, with no special equipment purchases or maintenance on your part.

 

The advantages of a managed WiFi network include:

 

Better CoverageMiHome from PMT means you’ll get the best carrier grade equipment available, rather than the consumer grade equipment available on the shelves of your local electronics store. This especially makes a difference when it comes to whole-home coverage – having the right mesh extenders is crucial to effectively covering every room in your house.

 

Better Support – from the beginning, our trained technicians will ensure that your router is set up correctly and your mesh extenders are optimally placed to push WiFi signals into every corner of your home – or even your outdoor living spaces. Then, on an ongoing basis, that same equipment will give our tech support the visibility and data they need to troubleshoot any issues you’re having with your network, and get you back up and connected.

 

More Control and Security – our managed WiFi network makes it easier to keep your home network secure from hackers or nosy neighbors, and provides you with best-in-class parental controls to keep your children safe online.

 

Are you ready for the ultimate WiFi experience in your house? Turn it over to PMT, because we’ve got you covered. Learn more about MiHome and get connected today.  Contact us today!

Disposing of Old Devices Safely

Now that you’ve gotten those fun new electronic gadgets for Christmas, you’ll need to dispose of your old ones. You can’t just toss them in the garbage and start fresh with the latest iPhone since they’re full of your photos, emails, banking information, and other important information.

Luckily, you can safely get rid of your old cell phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer, then start enjoying those new devices with Internet from PMT.

Back It Up

The first step is to back up your information. Backing up your data regularly — even when you’re not getting rid of your device — is a good habit to get into. Whether it’s music you’ve downloaded, documents you’ve typed, or pics you’ve snapped, backing up is a form of insurance in case your device ever crashes or gets hacked.

When discarding an old device, think about what you want to keep. Some people back up everything and sort through it later, and there’s nothing wrong with that! But if you’ve owned your device for a while, backing up every single file might be a lengthy endeavor. You might prefer to pick and choose what you save.

Either way, you have three options for backing up your device. Data migration is a techy-sounding term for when data gets moved from one location to another. In this case, we’re talking specifically about storage migration, when information is changing storage mediums.

 

Device to Device – Some devices, like desktop computers, will allow you to transfer data between devices. Using Migration Assistant for either Mac and Windows, you can even transfer between the two different systems – although the process can be a little tricky for the less tech-savvy.

 

External Storage – In this case, your external storage device will be the middleman. You start by transferring all your data to a separate device. Depending on how much data you have, your drive could be as small as a USB flash drive or as big as an external hard drive.

 

The Cloud – The cloud is the current favorite for data migration because it’s super easy and doesn’t require any extra hardware. This transfers all your data to the cloud via the Internet. Once complete, your files can be accessed from any device. It’s fast, simple, and secure, making it the optimal choice for data migration beginners.

 

Do a Final Cleanup

Before you toss your old device, be sure to log out of all your websites, wipe any saved passwords, and unpair your devices. Finally, erase the computer’s hard drive. You’re washing your digital fingerprint from the device and protecting yourself in the process. Most computers and mobile devices can be restored to factory settings through built-in utilities.

 

Toss It Without Hurting the Environment

Because empty devices are filled with electronic components and substances like lead, mercury, and cadmium, they’re hazardous material and shouldn’t go into a landfill. Take it to your local hazardous and electronic waste depot. If it still has some life in it, consider donating it to someone else who might enjoy it!

Now you’re set to enjoy your new gadgets! If you have any questions along the way or would like some additional help, PMT Tech Force is standing by. Don’t forget you’ll need great Internet and superior Wi-Fi coverage to get the most out of your new devices.  Contact us today

 

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 care about making a difference.  Here are some recent contributions PMT has made in the community:

 

Minidoka County Sheriff’s Office – $2500

PMT, along with Minidoka Memorial Hospital provided the funds for the Sheriff’s office to purchase a new drone to aid in police work.

 

High School Basketball Team Sponsor – $1900

Each player on the Oakley High School girls’ basketball team and Minico High School boys basketball team will have an individual banner to hang in the gym, as well as a team banner, sponsored by PMT.  The proceeds raised go back to the respective teams.

 

High School Sports Schedule Posters – $1800

PMT sponsored posters for Minico, Burley, and Oakley High Schools.  The posters feature a schedule of games for the various Falls sports teams at each school, along with pictures of the athletes.  They are distributed throughout the community, and a portion of the money goes back to each school.

 

Minidoka County Sheriff’s K-9 Hero Scramble – $500

The 2nd Annual Scramble will be held on July 24 at the River’s Edge Golf Course in Burley. All proceeds benefit the K-9 Program.

 

Minidoka Health Care Foundation Annual Golf Tournament – $500

PMT is a major sponsor of the 22nd Annual Minidoka Health Care Foundation’s Golf Tournament. The money raised from the scramble benefits the nonprofit Foundation to enhance health-related causes in our local area.

 

Goose Creek Run-Off – $300

The Oakley Recreation District is holding their 35th Annual Goose Creek Run-Off on July 18. The run features a wide array of participants ranging from seasoned runners to individuals simply looking for a fun day with friends. The funds raised from the event help the Oakley Recreation District maintain and manage the Oakley swimming pool and other recreational activities in the Oakley Valley. To learn more about the race, email goosecreekrunoff@yahoo.com.

 

Wee Links – $200

Wee Links is a six-hole youth-focused golf facility adjacent to the Rupert Elk’s Lodge. Our $200 donation will help keep operating costs low at the facility, so all youth have an opportunity to play with minimal green fees and club rentals.

 

PMT Night at the Minidoka County Fair

Every year PMT sponsors the concert at the Minidoka County Fair and provides free admission to all concert-goers.  This year PMT brought back crowd favorite Nathan Osmond.

 

PMT Customer Appreciation Event

PMT held a Customer Appreciation event on June 29th at the Rupert Parking lot.  There was free food, fun, and prizes for the 800+ attendees.

 

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