(Editor’s Note: Online version of this story has corrected telephone number. We apologize for the error in the publication.)
For several years, many Vandalia area residents and business owners have had limited options with their internet, phone, and satellite television service providers.
In the next month, they will have one more choice to consider as ALSAT Wireless.com will be officially serving residents in the City of Vandalia as well as its rural area.
ALSAT Wireless.com General Manager Alan Luelf and Network Manager Tony Rowan closed on the purchase of a tower location located just off Utterback St. in Vandalia.
The new microwave dish on the 250’ tall tower (with the beacon 251’) is being connected to its Montgomery City location, giving the company a chance to service the entire Vandalia area.
The company has been serving Montgomery City since 2009 and recently expanded its coverage into Rush Hill along with plans for Benton City.
After attempting to see what the demand was for a similar service to Vandalia through a Facebook post, the two quickly realized that the demand for service in Vandalia was too large to ignore.
“We got so many phone calls from Vandalia,” Luelf said.
Through the use of LTE technology, similar to what a cell phone uses, ALSAT wireless.com will be able to get service to everybody in town. Along with internet service, the company offers a phone service and the opportunity for customers to complete a “Triple Play” purchase by adding DirecTV.
The goal is to unofficially begin servicing Vandalia in the middle of September.
Meanwhile, Luelf said customers can begin contacting ALSAT Wireless by calling 573-564-2031 or through visiting the website, www.alsatwireless.com.
The company also has a Facebook page.
Detailed residential and business plans as well as other service information are available on the site. Rates may be subject to change.
Speeds are currently showing 10 Mbps but there are plans in place to increase the speed. Tests will be done before the service is launched.
The business can be contacted Monday-Friday through 5 p.m. though customer support is offered until 8 p.m.
The two have worked hard since closing on the location in June to clean up the overgrown brush around the facility as well as clean out the site’s building used to host some equipment. The area is also known as the old Charter Cable plant.