Serving Bloomer and beyond since 1901!
Bloomer Broadband is proud to be recognized by NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association as a Certified Gig-Capable Provider for delivering gigabit broadband speeds and enabling technological innovation in our communities.
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The first telephone in Bloomer was installed by the Bel Telephone Company in Trankle’s general store in 1900 to provide long-distance telephone service.
The phone in Trankle's general store stirred the interest of a few Bloomer doctors who installed telephones between their offices, which were about five blocks apart. These first local phones were really a curiosity and soon others in the city were interested in having phones connected to their businesses .
This led to the formation of the Bloomer Broadband in June 1901, by a group of Bloomer businessmen. • The first company president was Henry Lebnis, a lawyer. • Dr. J. A. Morrison, a dentist, was the company’s first secretary-treasurer. • The first telephone and switchboard were purchased from the Eureka Electric Company of Chicago with a 100-line capacity.
Bloomer Broadband also established an exchange at New Auburn, Wisconsin, and by 1907, there were 45 business and 114 residential phone service customers in Bloomer. Free service was provided from the Bloomer Exchange to: • Colfax • Eagle Point • Sand Creek • New Auburn
On February 6, 1956, the Bloomer Exchange was converted to a dial operation.
In 1966, the entire exchange was rebuilt with all buried cable and was switched to one-, two- and four-party service.
In 1980, Bloomer Broadband started to provide one-party service to all subscribers.
During 1995 the company introduced dial-up internet service to its customers.
High-speed internet capabilities were added in 1997.
In 2006, a project to convert from copper to fiber-to-the-home internet technology began and video entertainment capabilities were added. And Bloomer Broadband continues to expand not only its service area, but also its speed offerings.
To see where we're headed next, visit bloomer.net/progress or check out our internet page.
Bloomer Broadband currently employs twelve people and is located at 1120 15th Avenue.