By Terrie Schmidt-Crosby
The Record 

LocalTel opens local office


Last updated 5/21/2020 at 1:05pm

Terrie Schmidt-Crosby | The Record

LocalTel has remodeled a local building and opened a downtown Odessa office.

ODESSA - LocalTel is officially Odessa's newest downtown business, having just finished remodeling its office space at the southeast corner of the First Avenue-Division Street intersection.

The office is in the space previously occupied by New Image Salon and the seating area adjacent to You're Grounded Coffee is in the former Veterans of Foreign Wars building.

The company purchased Odessa Office Equipment from Marlon and Melissa Schafer earlier this year, but opted to look for office space on First Avenue.

LocalTel is based in East Wenatchee but also has an office in Moses Lake.

Now, it has branched out into Lincoln County with its Odessa office.

LocalTel bills itself as Washington's No. 1 service provider of the fastest fiber Internet.

It also plus providing television, phone and security services for homes and businesses in Chelan, Douglas, Grant and now Lincoln Counties.

The company is locally owned and has been serving homes and businesses in the Columbia Basin since 1982.

Through the years, it has grown from seven employees to more than 100.

The owners originally operated a ComputerLand franchise, but they have been keeping up with changes in telecommunications and technology.

The company now offer:

• Traditional land-line telephone service

• VoIP telephone systems

• High-speed fiber Internet

• SkyFi wireless Internet

• Television service

• Cloud data storage and backup services

Not all of the services are currently available in the Odessa area, but LocalTel is working to bring all of them here.

The company has indicated it plans to expand its wireless coverage area and build up to 150 additional towers to make that coverage as complete as possible.

It is also experimenting with providing line-of-sight, wireless television access through its towers, as well as other telecommunications.

LocalTel has been buying out smaller providers in the area, including Spectrum Online Services of Moses Lake (not long after Spectrum Online had purchased RitzCom of Ritzville).

In 2018, LocalTel made a commitment to Lincoln County, when it was the winning bidder in the FCC's Connect America Fund Phase II auction.

The auction was intended to encourage Internet service providers to expand broadband service to rural areas.

As the winning bidder, LocalTel must provide download speeds greater than or equal to 25 Mbps and upload speeds greater than or equal to 3 Mbps to each home and business within specific census block groups. within 10 years.

Terrie Schmidt-Crosby | The Record

LocalTel's new office is at the intersection of First Avenue and Division Street.


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