Long Lines, LLC announced the completion of its acquisition of Great Lakes of Iowa, Inc. and Siouxland PCS, two wireless service providers serving northwest Iowa.
Long Lines also acquired a 155-mile fiber network from Hinton to the iowa Great Lakes region that will permit better and faster communications services for Long Line customers in that area. Long Lines and its subsidiaries will add 30 new jobs to support this expanded operation.
Siouxland, which will be known as Long Lines Wireless, currently provides service using the GSM standard in an 11-county area that extends from Emmetsburg, Spencer, and Storm Lake to Le Mars, Orange City, and Sioux Center. The GSM standard permits use of the most popular wireless phones available in the market, including Motorola's RAZR and ROKR phones.
Great Lakes of Iowa, Inc. will continue to operate as Cellular One in the counties surrounding the Lakes region.
Over the next 18 months, Long Lines Wireless will expand to provide GSM wireless services in northeast Nebraska, southeast South Dakota, and western Iowa, including complete coverage of the I-29 corridor from Brookings, S.D. to the Omaha area.
Long Lines Wireless customers will be offered highly competitive usage packages and will have access to a worldwide network rivaling that of any other regional and national carriers. As a local carrier, Long Lines Wireless will be able to provide coverage in hard-to-serve areas currently missed by the national carriers.
These acquisitions are the latest steps by Long Lines to work with other local service providers and municipalities to provide the most up-to-date telephone, cable television, high-speed internet, and wireless features to Siouxland customers in innovative service packages using the latest technology.
As examples during the past year, Long Lines has partnered with Schaller Telephone to introduce new services in the towns of Anthon, Correctionville, Holstein, and Ida Grove, and partnered with Orange City to bring new services to residents there.
"Long Lines has worked with communities, municipalities, business, and government to build communication networks that create opportunity. Today, we take the next step by adding wireless communication to this network," said Long Lines chairman Chuck Long.