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Newsletter | Summer 2017

LYNXX PARTNERS WITH FOCUS ON ENERGY

Use Your Lynxx Internet to Save Money and Use Energy Wisely.

Lynxx Partners With Focus On Energy

Lynxx is committed to doing the very best for our customers and our community. We strive each day to make the lives of the people around us better. Like the saying goes: “We are our choices.”

That dedication to excellence has led us to a partnership with Focus on Energy, a Wisconsin utilities’ statewide energy efficiency and renewable resource program. It is funded by the state’s investor-owned energy utilities and participating municipal and electric cooperative utilities. This wonderful program has provided over $730 million in savings to 330,000 Wisconsin residents and businesses since 2001, by offering financial incentives for spaces that install energy-efficient and/or renewable energy products.

The Lynxx partnership with Focus on Energy means easy savings that you’ll feel good about. You will get FREE or discounted devices that save energy in your home. Saving is simple.

Just add or upgrade Lynxx internet at the speed of at least 10Mbps, and you will receive a $50 bill credit on your Lynxx service AND your choice of:

  1. Phillips The Starter Kit & Embertel Emberstip 8 AV & Powerstip with Bluetooth Sensor (FREE)
  2. Emergen Sensi Wi-Fi programmable Thermostat (FREE)
  3. Nest Learning Thermostat ($120 co-pay)
  4. Ecobee 3 Smart Thermostat ($120 co-pay)

Please Note: This offer is valid to residents who have Lynxx 10Mbps (or faster) internet and are customers of electric or natural gas providers that participate in the Focus on Energy program. Visit focusonenergy.com/utilities to see the full list of participating providers.

In our area these companies participate:

Alliant Energy
New Lisbon Municipal Light & Water
Oakdale Electric Cooperative
WE Energies

Each of the products featured in our partnership with Focus on Energy is engineered to use energy smarter.
For example, your thermostat controls half of your energy bill, and since that one component equals all your appliances and electronics, it makes sense that it’s designed to help you save energy. Plus, some of the thermostats can connect wirelessly to the Internet and deliver information to an app on your smart phone or tablet. The app gives you control over the system, and you can adjust the temperature of your home remotely so you’ll be cleverly and efficiently cozy from the moment you walk in.

To sign up go to: FocusOnEnergy.com

CUSTOMER APPRECIATION DAY 2017

Customer Appreciation Day 2017

Lynxx would like to thank everyone who attended our 12th Annual Customer Appreciation Day, and to extend that thank you to all of our customers. We believe our company exists not only because we provide the best in high tech services, but because we provide the best in customer service. We wanted  you to know through this event that our commitment to excellence begins with serving you first, and then the technology. See you again in 2018!

Cheri Hopper - Customer Appreciation Day Grand Prize Winner

Customer Appreciation Day Grand Prize winner Cheri Hopper. Cheri took home a 48″ Samsung Internet ready HDTV.

Meet Our Team Members With Over 67 Years Combined Experience

Donna Rezin

Meet Donna Rezin

Lynxx team member since 3/24/1986

Job Title: Accounting Manager

Family Facts/Bio: Married to Mark (Cub) Rezin with 3 children; Mitchell (fiance Danielle), Leah, and Jacob.

Hobbies & Special Interest:  Spending time with family and friends, church, camping, kayaking, fishing, traveling to mention just a few.

Proudest Accomplishment: Raising my family and watching them grow each day as young adults.

What Do You Like Best About Your Job and Working At Lynxx? My coworkers is what comes to mind. Some days are tougher than others, but we can usually share a smile or laugh. Each of us brings our talents to the office and are willing to share. Whether it be Accounting, Customer Service, Marketing, Engineering or Plant – we work together.

Kevin Barth

Meet Kevin Barth

Lynxx team member since 6/01/1981

Job Title: Network Plant Manager

Family Facts/Bio: Married to Terese for 35 years with 3 children; Jackie, Jill, and Todd. We have 4 grandchildren; Weston, Garret, Hadley, and Paxton. We also share our home with my buddy Brik, our red labrador retriever.

Hobbies & Special Interest: I enjoy the Green Bay Packers, hunting, fishing, golfing, old movies, and listening to music.

Proudest Accomplishment: Married to a great wife, three wonderful kids and four grandchildren who amaze me and make me happy every day.  I am also proud of being a part of Lynxx for the past 36 years.

What Do You Like Best About Your Job and Working At Lynxx? I enjoy all the different technology Lynxx has adapted and the diversity of services we can offer. I’ve also enjoyed watching my coworkers develop their skills through out all the changes the company has gone through.

Looking Ahead | Area Community Events

Friday – Sunday, August 25-27
Hustlerfest. Hustler, WI. Fun for all ages! Tractor Pull, Hog Scamble, Pie Eating, Bale Throwing, Log Sawing Contest, Parade and More! Check out the full schedule of events at: hustlerfest.com

Saturday, September 2
EAA Fly-In. Mauston-New Lisbon (Union) Airport. Join our local EAA chapter for the 15th Annual Fly-In /Drive-In on Ferdon Road, approximately 1 mile south of New Lisbon. Learn about our members passion for flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft. Breakfast will be served from 7am-10:30am and lunch will be served from 10:30am-2pm. For more information visit: EAAchapter1365.org

Saturday, September 16
10th annual Steppin’ For Hunger, 5K & 10K. This is a fun event for all ages with great goodie bags filled with various samples including a t-shirt. This is a very organized event with professional chip timing and welcomes competitive runners and walkers.

Food and refreshments will be available before and after the event. Come out and help raise awareness and money for our community. If interested in being a sponsor please contact us today.

Registration is at the exhibit hall in Hustler from 7:00-9:00 a.m.
5k shuttle from the exhibit hall begins at 9:30 a.m.
10k starting at 9:30 a.m.
5k starting at 10:00 a.m.

Friday-Sunday, September 22-24
Warrens Cranberry Festival – The world’s largest cranberry festival is a nonprofit organization whose mission it to benefit the community of Warrens. What makes the festival so popular is the wide variety of events we offered over the three-day event!  Shopping, parade, contests, marsh tours, food… For more information visit: cranfest.com

Community Lynxx

WSTF Scholarship Winner and New Lisbon High School Graduate Brittany Steele and LYNXX CEO Jim Costello

Lynxx Awards Scholarships to Local Students

Brittany Steele and Cade Haschke, both of New Lisbon, are the recipients of 2017 Wisconsin State Telecommunications Foundation(WSTF) scholarships. The Foundation is part of the Wisconsin State Telecommunications Association (WSTA), a trade organization representing 65 telephone companies and cooperatives in Wisconsin.

Steele and Haschke are graduates of New Lisbon High School and two of 30 high school students throughout the state to receive telecommunications scholarships worth $1,500.00 each.

Lone Rock School

Rock Around The Block

Lynxx recently donated to the Rock Around The Block event held on June 24, 2017. The event raised funds supporting the mission of the Friends of Lone Rock School: to maintain and preserve the Lone Rock Schoolhouse located at N8242 6th Avenue, New Lisbon, Wisconsin, to preserve its records and history, and to provide a meeting place for the community and other events.

Lynxx Donation to New Lisbon Library

New Lisbon Library Donation

Lynxx recently presented the second installment of $10,000.00 of its $30,000.00 pledge to the New Lisbon Library Building Fund. Lynxx board member Rick Barrett said, “Giving back to the community and in this case the Library, is part of being an engaged community partner.” The Library plans to break ground in the spring of 2018.

Camp Douglas Armed Forces Day Parade

Camp Douglas Armed Forces Days

For several years now, Lynxx has been a corporate sponsor of the annual Camp Douglas Armed Forces Days. The salute to our service men and women included a parade, live music, food, and family fun over a three day period in May.

Wa Du Shuda Days Fireworks

Wa Du Shuda Days

The fun filled, family oriented weekend from July 7-9 was a another great success this year. The weekend featured a car show, kids games, mini marathons, canoe races, karaoke, bands, fireworks, food and more. Lynxx was a proud sponsor of this year’s events.

Tech Tips

Know The Difference Between Megabit and Megabyte

Internet Speed is measured in Megabits

Internet speed is measured
in megabits (Mbps).

Like having a fast Internet connection, knowledge is powerful.

You know how every subject seems to have special, insider tips and knowledge that make it incredibly useful to have your “go to” expert? We are thinking of the way grandma made sure the butter and eggs were room temperature for baking, or the way your kids or grandkids can quickly and easily work the latest applications on a cell phone for you. Well, we here at Lynxx know a lot about our passions: Internet connectivity and home entertainment, and want to share our knowledge with you so that you’re informed and make the best decisions about your Internet.

Know a Bit about Bytes

We have noticed recently that there are many Internet providers interchanging two different abbreviations that are pretty important to keep separate, since each does a different job. The abbreviations are Mbps and MBps. Notice the only difference is a capital or lowercase letter “b.”

  • Mbps = megabits per second
  • MBps =  megabytes per second

Bits & Bytes Perform Different Jobs

Generally, megabits measure download speeds (data transfer rate) and megabytes measure the amount of memory a file needs (file size or digital storage). Another way to explain it is that megabits are associated with bandwidth, or the time it takes to upload or download a task like loading a web page or streaming a show/clip/movie or sharing a file; megabytes describe memory storage capacity. Essentially, imagine megabits like the measure of the flow rate in the plumbing of a house.

There are 8 Bits in Every Byte

Mb (megabits) should always be a larger number than MB (megabytes) because a megabit is 1/8 as big as a megabyte. In order for you to download a 1 Megabyte (MB) file in one second, you will need a connection that is 8 megabits (Mb). This is important to understand so that you have the best experience for how you plan to use your Internet. See our Internet speed recommendations on the following page.

Don’t Forget to Consider How Many Users are in Your House

One thing some customers don’t always factor in is the number of users in his or her home that are pulling Internet at the same time. Think about this typical evening: someone is watching Netflix, another person is pulling up a recipe online and another family member is streaming music.

Computer storage is measured in Megabytes

An external storage device’s capacity
is measured in megabytes (MBps).

Don’t Forget to Consider How Many Users are in Your House

Each person will require bandwidth to access entertainment and information.
So, when you choose your monthly package, think about how enjoyable the right amount of connectivity, measured in megabits, will make for each person’s experience.

Identify the internet activities that occur simultaneously in your household. Multiply the activity by the number of devices/users engaging in each use. Add all activities to calculate your ideal internet speed.

Speed recommendations are based on providing a good to great internet experience. All internet activities will
work at slower internet speeds. However, you will likely experience slower response times, lags and buffering if your usage requires more Mbps than your plan.

BASIC WEB USE – 10 Mbps/User
-Including email, basic web use and social media.

STREAMING MUSIC – 10 Mbps/User
-Including music streaming via Pandora, Spotify or iTunes Radio.

ONLINE GAMING – 50+ Mbps per User
-Including multi-player games and games requiring downloads.

FILE DOWNLOADING – 100+ Mbps/ User
-Including downloading and uploading larges files via Dropbox.

MEDIA SHARING – 10 Mbps/User
-Including sharing photos and videos online.

STREAMING HD VIDEO – 50 Mbps/User
-Streamed from sources like Netflix, YouTube or Amazon Prime.

VIDEO CHAT – 50 Mbps/User
-Including conferencing or video chat via Skype or similar software.

CLOUD STORAGE – 100+ Mbps/User
-Including email, basic web use, file storage, and social media.

For more information on recommended Internet speeds please refer to: GetLynxx.com/Speed

Video on Demand

VOD Releases
from August

Lynxx On Demand puts thousands of movies titles at the touch of your remote. Including blockbuster films to the classics, some of your favorite TV shows, TV series and music!

Check our VOD page for the most current release information.

Releases from July (if still available):

Blind
Boss Baby
F8 – Fate of the Furious
Feed
Free Fire
Ghost In The Shell
Gifted
The Gracefield Incident
I Am Dragon
Imperfection
Kong Skull Island
The Last Face
The Lost City of Z
Smurfs – The Lost Village
A Stork’s Journey
Unforgettable

 

 

Coming this September:

All Eyez On Me
The Big Sick
Captain Underpants
Megan Leavey
Rough Night
The Mummy
Wonder Woman

Releases listed above are current as of August 16th. Check our website’s VOD section for the most current release information.

Halt and Catch Fire: Season 4

AMC Channel Logo

The final season of the series will see the cast of characters navigating the early days of the Internet and web browsers, pondering their destinies both personally and professionally, while the tech world continues to complicate and affect their relationships. Will the Internet and the World Wide Web amount to anything and should make it their newest project?

LYNXX TV subscribers can view Halt and Catch Fire on AMC, Channel 201 and Channel 387 in HD.

Halt And Catch Fire
Lynxx 3 Months Free Services

Camp Douglas

127 State Hwy 12 & 16
Phone: (608) 427-6515
Hours: M-F 8:00am-4:30pm
Email: info@getlynxx.com

New Lisbon

201 Leer Street
Phone: (608) 427-6515
Hours: M-F 8:30am-5:00pm