Smart Rural Community Award Ceremony

Lynxx Networks CEO Jim Costello accepts the company’s Smart Rural Community award at the NTCA Rural Broadband Association’s Fall Conference in September.

Lynxx Networks was one of 11 companies nationwide to receive a Smart Rural Community Award at the 2019 NTCA Rural Broadband Association’s Fall Conference, which took place in September in Denver, Colorado.

The Smart Rural Communities program celebrates the commitment of rural broadband providers to help drive growth and create opportunities in their communities that enhance the quality of life through robust broadband networks. Awards are determined based on a company’s ability to demonstrate the use of their network to help improve the quality of life in their communities, in addition to driving economic development, education, health care, government services, and safety and security.

Smart Rural Community TrophyLynxx Networks was the only Wisconsin broadband company to receive the 2019 designation.

Companies applying for the award are required to submit a lengthy written application, with the option of submitting a supporting video. Applications are evaluated by at least two panels of reviewers, comprised of members not related to the broadband industry. Lynxx Networks would like to thank those in our community who helped to provide testimonials for our written and video applications, including: Terry Whipple, Juneau County Economic Development Coordinator; Brian Slater, CEO of Mill Haven Foods; Mark Rudig, Owner of Rudig Jensen; and Jim O’Keefe, CEO of Mile Bluff Medical Center.

Whipple had this to say of Lynxx Networks as a part of the Smart Rural Community application:

“Lynxx Networks brings us one of our important infrastructure pieces, and that’s broadband… when we look at the future and the technologies and benefits that are going to be brought about by broadband, it’s become probably one of our most important pieces of infrastructure for a rural area. (Broadband has) become everything from our existing business, future business, existing population and future population.”

In addition to receiving national and local recognition for their extraordinary efforts, Smart Rural Community award recipients join recipients of prior year awards to formulate best practices and assist other rural communities in the implementation of innovative broadband-enabled solutions to drive economic and community strength in rural areas throughout the nation. Lynxx Networks joins the list of approximately 80 rural broadband providers named Smart Rural Community showcase winners since the program launched in 2013.

The NTCA is an association representing nearly 850 independent, community-based telecommunications companies that are leading innovation in rural and small-town America; Lynxx Networks is a member of the NTCA.


October is Cybersecurity Awareness Month. Utilizing best practices online makes you harder to target by online predators. Here’s advice from Lynxx Networks Engineer Shaine Clements about password security:

  • Passwords should be unique for every account or website you use
  • Password length is more important than complexity. Several words put together is safer than a short mix of letters, numbers and symbols. Example: purplepineapple1973 is safer than l12ba4x4


This Christmas season, Lynxx Networks will once again have a giving tree in our Camp Douglas office. The tree will be ready at the end of November/ early December.
Lynxx Customer Service Specialist Karla Krause coordinates the giving tree program, each year, working with staff at New Lisbon, Camp Douglas and Oakdale schools to identify students who would benefit from taking part in the giving tree program.

Area residents and members of the local business community are invited to stop by our office and take a tag off the tree; shop for the requested item(s); and return wrapped gifts to our Camp Douglas office by the date listed on the tag. Lynxx employees deliver the presents to area schools prior to Christmas break, so they can go home with families.

The goal of the giving tree program is to help make Christmas morning a little brighter for area children, and bless families in our coverage area.

Lynxx Giving Tree


Who doesn’t love a good bowl of chili during the fall and winter months? This recipe, which is a favorite in the household of Lynxx Networks employee Erika Nelson, has won chili cook offs! The finished product has lots of flavor and a good kick to it. If you’re not a spice person, reduce or leave out some of the heat in this recipe. Plus, try adding to or replacing the meat with options like pulled pork, brisket, and venison.

  1. Place 2 Tbsp. veg. oil in large pot over medium heat. Cook and stir onions, garlic, beef and sausage until meats are browned. Pour in tomatoes, beer, coffee, tomato paste and broth. Season with spices (oregano – salt) and add wasabi. Stir in one can of beans, bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer.
  2. Heat 2 Tbsp. veg oil in skilled over medium heat. Cook Anaheim, Serrano and Habanero peppers until tender, 5-10 minutes. Stir into the pot and simmer 2 hours.
  3. Stir in remaining cans of beans and cook 45 more minutes.



4 Tbsp veg oil
2 onions, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb. ground beef
3/4 lb. spicy Italian sausage
1 14.5 oz. can peeled and diced tomatoes with juice
1 12 oz. can or bottle dark beer
1 cup strong brewed coffee
2 6-oz. cans tomato paste
1 14 oz. can beef broth
1/4 cup chili powder
1 Tbsp. ground cumin
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. each: dried oregano, cayenne pepper, ground coriander & salt.
1 Tbsp. wasabi paste
3 15-oz. cans kidney beans
2 Anaheim chile peppers, chopped
1 Serrano pepper, chopped
1 Habanero pepper, sliced


Meet Ann Anderson

Ann Anderson - Lynxx Marketing ManagerJob Title: Marketing Manager

How many years have you been at Lynxx Networks as marketing manager? 22 years.

What has kept you at Lynxx Networks all these years? Over the years, I have had the privilege of building a successful marketing department from the ground up. Many opportunities and challenges go along with creating and guiding a marketing department, but that is what I like about it.

Lynxx Networks has been on the forefront of technology since its inception in 1907, and the forward-thinking mentality of the founders can still be found at Lynxx today. The company’s investment in, and the build out of the fiber optic network that fuels gigabit internet speeds, along with other services, is one example of the forward-thinking ideas Lynxx has implemented. My co-workers are the best! They are a fun, caring, intelligent, resilient group of people.

What do you enjoy about your role at Lynxx Networks? Marketing a technology-based, service-driven business creates a unique set of challenges. When educating customers about the features and benefits of services, a marketing professional needs to explain at different levels so customers at any age or skill set can understand the service and how it benefits them. I do enjoy the challenge!

Your position is multi-faceted. Give an overview of what you do. Depending upon the time of year, I might be gathering information for our company’s annual report; meeting with management to review various services’ rates and features; creating a new promotion for internet, phone or television services; attending industry-related meetings; making updates to the Lynxx website; or working on new or enhancing our current advertising efforts, just to name a few responsibilities.

Where are you from? I have roots in the Camp Douglas area, as my dad grew up in this part of Juneau County. I’m originally from Tomah and my husband and I live in the Tomah area.

What are your hobbies? What do you enjoy doing in your free time? I Enjoy riding on atv/utv trails; spending time with extended family; decorating as a hobby; working outside with flowers; and walking.


Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Days 2019

Waterfest 2019

Waterfest 2019

Hustlerfest 2019

Juneau County Fair 2019

Juneau County Fair 2019

Mile Bluff Golf Outing

Mile Bluff Golf Tournament 2019

Plus these non-pictured events:

  • The Multistack 2019 Golf Tournament, benefiting Solder Strong
  • The MVS Golf Tournament
  • The Tomah Chamber & Visitor’s Center Golf Tournament
  • Tomah Memorial Hospital Golf Tournament, benefiting the TMH Foundation