05/03/2017 3:57 PM


Saturday will mark the 20-year anniversary of Spencer’s entry into the municipal communications business.

On May 6, 1997, voters in Spencer approved a referendum to establish a municipal communications utility to be owned and operated on behalf of citizens by Spencer Municipal Utilities (SMU).

“The community of Spencer is still seeing the benefits of a community owned communications utility as we continue to provide the services our customers expect to connect them to the world,” says Amanda Gloyd, marketing and community relations manager. SMU’s entry into communications has also helped keep rates affordable in our community compared to other communities without a municipal communications utility.

In early 1997, a group of Spencer citizens organized ACT Now! to promote the concept of a community-owned and operated communications utility. During the winter and spring of 1997, ACT Now! held information meetings, gathered signatures on a petition, and actively campaigned for passage of the referendum. On May 6, 1997, voters approved both questions on the ballot. About 91 percent said yes to forming a communications utility, while approximately 90 percent said yes to placing the operation of the new utility in the hands of Spencer Municipal Utilities.

After preliminary design and cost estimates were prepared, ACT Now! reactivated in the summer of 1998 to gather signatures from citizens who wanted to move forward with building the system. Over 60 percent of Spencer households signed a “Statement of Support” pledging to purchase services from SMU if the system were built. The SMU Board of Trustees gave the go-ahead to build the system in August, 1998.

Construction of the network began in July, 1999. The first cable TV customers began receiving service in the fall of 2000. Internet services were deployed in the spring of 2001, and telephone began operations in the late summer of 2001. To date, over 4,500 residences and businesses throughout Spencer and Fostoria are receiving one or more communication services from SMU.

“As we look to the future, we plan to continue offering the communication services our customers expect to keep up with the continuous technology changes,” adds Gloyd.

The public is invited to help celebrate on Tuesday, May 9th from 3:00-7:00pm with an open house featuring refreshments, giveaways, door prizes and technology demonstrations at Spencer Municipal Utilities. Some of the technology demonstrations include hosted phone demonstrations, HD versus SD programming, how to complete a speed test, The Spencer Channel 3 and more.

SMU is a leading provider of cable, internet, and telephone service in the Spencer community and has been providing water since 1886 and electric services since 1901.

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Drinking Water Advisory Cancelled

04/27/2017 1:11 PM

The drinking water advisory issued Monday, April 24th for 28 addresses located on East 8th Street, 8th Avenue East, and 9th Avenue East has been cancelled. The system has been repaired, repressurized, and bacteria samples have been collected and passed without any indication of contamination.

Customers affected by this advisory have been contacted.

Drinking Water Advisory Issued for 28 Addresses

04/24/2017 4:36 PM

SMU contacted 28 addresses located on East 8th Street, 8th Avenue East, and 9th Avenue East due to a water main break in the area today. These customers have received details on a drinking water advisory due to the potential chance of bacterial contamination. Once samples are verified to be bacteriologically safe, those customers will be re-notified when the advisory is lifted. It will take approximately 48 hours for us to have results once the main break has been repaired.

All SMU water customers who are not in the advisory area do not need to be concerned with the safety of the water despite the possible discoloration. Due to fixing the water main break and additional flushing during the process, discoloration may occur for some customers.

Baseball Coverage

04/03/2017 10:53 AM
With the traditional Opening Day for Major League Baseball (MLB) here, we want to let baseball fans know what to expect for coverage this season.

As in years past, Iowa falls in a blackout zone as a result of MLB rules that the following teams will be blacked out: Chicago White Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Minnesota Twins, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers and Kansas City Royals.

There are several channels in the SMU cable lineup that will have some baseball coverage during the upcoming season including FOX Sports North and MLB Network including some blackout exceptions.

Another way to get baseball coverage is online through MLB. TV which provides LIVE Streaming of many games (however, blackouts can still apply) that you can use with an Internet ready device. For more information on this option visit mlb.com.