April 26, 2013
ImOn Communications Receives 2013 Business Volunteer of the Year Award
ImOn Communications’ has been awarded the Outstanding Business Volunteer 2013 by United Way of East Central Iowa. ImOn was recognized along with the other individual, group and business volunteer nominees at the Annual United Way Volunteer breakfast April 26 at The Hotel at Kirkwood.
ImOn Communications has been volunteering for Meals on Wheels for over a year, and have made a huge contribution to the agency and clients. ImOn provides 20 volunteers once each month and drive 10 routes, providing about 100 seniors with meals each month. They have also volunteered for the Lunchbox Fundraiser.
For more information about Horizons Meals on the Wheels program, and to find out how you can get involved with the organization click here.
September 24, 2012
ImOn President and General Manager Receives Recognition
ImOn Communications' President and General Manager, Patrice Carroll, has been recognized by Waypoint's Tribute to Women of Achievement for her Organizational Impact in a For-Profit Business. Each year, Waypoint honors and celebrates the remarkable women in our community and the contributions they make to local organizations and businesses.
Ms. Carroll will be recognized along with 26 other women from a variety of industries and organizations at the 2012 Waypoint Tribute to Women event on Thursday, October 4, at the Cedar Rapids Marriott. Ms. Carroll has led ImOn Communications through its first five years in business in her role as President and General Manager.
For more information about Waypoint, the people the organization serves, and their Tribute to Women of Achievement visit www.waypointservices.org.
April 10, 2012
ImOn Communications Announces Investment by The Gazette Company
Cedar Rapids - ImOn Communications announced today that The Gazette Company, parent company of The Gazette and KCRG, has become an investor in the company. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
ImOn Communications, currently celebrating its 5th anniversary, provides cable TV, high-speed Internet, data, and telephone services to residents and businesses in Cedar Rapids, Marion and Hiawatha. The investment by The Gazette Company will allow the company to invest in new technologies, expand its service territory, and deliver more news and programming content to the community.
"We are excited about potential benefits the partnership with The Gazette and KCRG will offer," said Steve Gray, ImOn Communications' Chairman. "The Gazette Company's investment in ImOn is an investment in the community. It will allow ImOn to continue to enhance its infrastructure to bring our customers the fastest Internet speeds, a robust cable TV product offering, and reliable phone service - all delivered by a rapidly growing local workforce."
In its first five years in business, ImOn has focused on service footprint growth and network enhancement through technology investment.
"ImOn has been committed to deploying new technologies such as DOCSIS 3.0 to bring our customers the fastest Internet speeds possible coupled with outstanding quality and reliability," said Patrice Carroll, ImOn President and GM. "The Gazette Company partnership will allow us to continue to invest in evolving technologies such as TV everywhere and other broadband initiatives. It will also allow us to deliver more video programming and content to our customers the way they want to receive it."
Chuck Peters, CEO of The Gazette Company, said "One of the most important reasons why we decided to partner with ImOn is because of their dedication to, and investment in, our local community. The fact that we share a passion for serving our local community, along with being a part of helping deliver improved technologies and services to our area, was very attractive to us."
About The Gazette Company
The Gazette Company, d/b/a SourceMedia Group, is a diverse local media enterprise, reaching more than 310,000 people in the Eastern Iowa region every day through The Gazette daily newspaper, local ABC affiliate KCRG TV-9, and numerous websites including TheGazette.com, KCRG.com and HooplaNow.com. The company also is a leader in commercial offset and digital printing through ColorWeb Printers.
The Gazette Company Investment in ImOn FAQs
March 9, 2012
ImOn Communications Celebrates 5th Anniversary Serving Community
Today marks ImOn Communications’ 5th year of service to the Cedar Rapids/Marion community.
In March 2007, ImOn Communications formed and has since been recognized as the LOCAL provider of cable TV, high-speed Internet, and phone service for both residential and business customers. ImOn customers enjoy services delivered by one of the most technologically advanced broadband networks in the country.
Despite being significantly impacted by the flood of 2008, ImOn continues to experience dramatic growth in both the size of its service territory through expansion of its fiber network and the number of customers it serves in Cedar Rapids and Marion.
In 2011, ImOn Communications was recognized by the Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce with its Bravo award as a leading local business and by the Corridor Business Journal as the corridor’s Best Local Internet Service Provider.
ImOn has a number of activities planned for the remainder of the year to celebrate the anniversary milestone including customer appreciation events, volunteer campaigns to support local non-profit agencies, and sponsorship of many local, high-profile events over the summer
December 28, 2011
ImOn Communications Received CR Chamber of Commerce Bravo Award
Cedar Rapids - ImOn Communications was selected by the Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce as a 2011 Bravo Award Winner. ImOn was recognized at the Chamber's Good Morning Cedar Rapids breakfast forum December 1st at Hawkeye Downs Speedway Expo Center. The breakfast was attended by over 500 business leaders.
"ImOn is so honored to receive this recognition from the Chamber of Commerce." said Patrice Carrol, ImOn Communications President and GM. "Our employees work hard to make a difference in our community by creating meaningful personal connections, and it's so great to see the hard work pay off. This award is a direct result of the work that ImOn's employees do every day."
Each year, the Chamber of Commerce recognizes key local business that are successful and community focused by honoring them with the award.
ImOn Communications Adds New High Definition Channels
Cedar Rapids - ImOn Communications, a local provider of cable television, high-speed Internet and phone services, announced that it has added three more High Definition channels to its cable TV lineup, raising the number of HD channels to 41.
The new channels, which went live at the end of November, include Animal Planet HD (channel 899), Discovery HD (channel 800) and TLC HD (channel 898).
Due to growing interest in HD programming, ImOn has doubled the number of HD channels offered in the past two years and plans to bring more HD channels to their customers in 2012.
High definition programming is available to ImOn customers with a HD cable box or by connecting ImOn cable directly to a HDTV with a built-in HD tuner.
October 3, 2011
Cedar Rapids - ImOn Communications is featured in the Summer 2011 edition of US Builders Review, a nationally recognized construction trade publication.
ImOn Communications Featured in US Builders Review Magazine
US Builders Review Magazine gives a snapshot of innovative businesses in the construction industry. The article, titled "ImOn Communications: A Cable and Phone Service Company That Cares," highlights the launch of ImOn in 2007 and its significant growth as a truly local company in Cedar Rapids and Marion. The feature article also tells the story of how ImOn thrived in the face of adversity during and after the 2008 flood.
"We were pleasantly surprised when we received a call from the folks at US Builders Review," said Patrice Carroll, ImOn President and GM. "They stated they had heard about the many ways ImOn Communications has been dedicated to serving its community before, during and after the 2008 flood and wanted to do a feature article on us. It was very humbling to receive such recognition."
The article also points out the management diversity that ImOn has which has been integral to its continued success.
To read the entire article click here. The article begins on page 138.
August 15, 2011
ImOn Brings Customers NFL RedZone
Want even more football? ImOn offers NFL RedZone, a must for any football enthusiast.
Cedar Rapids - NFL RedZone whips around every NFL game on Sunday afternoons delivering the touchdowns and most exciting moments live. When a team goes inside the 20-yard line, fans see the crucial plays as they happen. The channel keeps fans up-to-date in real time, switching from game to game with live look-ins, highlights and a chance to see every important play.
“ImOn is thrilled to offer our customers what we believe is football heaven. NFL RedZone coverage will change Sundays forever, and ImOn is pleased to bring this exciting programming to our customers,” said Patrice Carroll, President and GM for ImOn Communications.
NFL RedZone is available to ImOn customers who have digital cable level of service. NFL RedZone is available on an a la carte, subscription basis for $49.98 for the season. Go to our Cable Page or call 298-6484 for more information and to order NFL RedZone.
August 11, 2011
ImOn Announces 2011-2012 NFL Network Schedule
ImOn, the first local cable provider to carry the NFL Network, is excited to bring even more football to their customers.
Cedar Rapids IA – The lockout has ended and the 2011-2012 NFL football season is on! The NFL Network has announced the lineup for Thursday Night Football games, featuring 8 games from November 10 through December 22 televised at 8 p.m. The following regular season games will only be televised on the NFL Network:
November 10 – Raiders vs. Chargers
November 17 – Jets vs. Broncos
November 24 – 49ers vs. Ravens
December 1 – Eagles vs. Seahawks
December 8 – Browns vs. Steelers
December 15 – Jaguars vs. Falcons
December 22 – Texans vs. Colts
NFL Network airs seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and provides viewers with nearly 2,000 hours a year of original programming including: NFL Total Access, NFL GameDay, NFL Replay, The Coaches Show, NFL’s Top 10, Sound FX, Playbook, NFL Classic Games and the Emmy award-winning America's Game series. In addition, NFL Network offers coverage of every NFL preseason game, the Senior Bowl, plus extensive coverage of the NFL Draft, Hall of Fame ceremony, NFL Scouting Combine and Super Bowl.
NFL Network is on ImOn channel 146 (digital) and 846 (high definition).
August 8, 2011
ImOn Announces New Program to Support Local Non-Profits
Cedar Rapids – As part of its commitment to the community, ImOn Communications has announced a new program that provides financial support to local non-profits. For every new customer signing up for ImOn services in the month of August, ImOn will donate $50 to one of three local non-profits - Alzheimer’s Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Junior Achievement.
ImOn, the only locally based cable TV, Internet and phone company in Cedar Rapids and Marion, believes that giving back to the community is an important part of being a local company.
“ImOn understands the importance of giving back to the community it serves.” Said Jeff Janssen, Director of Sales and Marketing at ImOn. “Our employees live, work and volunteer in our community and this program is another way for ImOn to provide support to the non-profits that are so important to our community.”
New customers signing up under this program will have the option to select the non-profit they would like ImOn to donate $50 to. Participating is simple. New customers should go to www.ImOn.net, select the Bundle & Save tab, and select the Community Bundle Offer to sign up.
The three nonprofit organizations ImOn is supporting are:
Alzheimer’s disease is a fatal and progressive brain disease and currently there is no cure. The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer care, support and research. Learn more at www.alz.org/eci.
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters provides children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Please visit www.BeABigCR.org for more information.
Junior Achievement is dedicated to inspiring and preparing the young people of our community to succeed in a global economy. They serve over 39,000 K-12 students in Eastern Iowa, and help inspire success. Please visit www.JAEasternIowa.org for more information.
Customers must sign up through the ImOn website in order for ImOn to donate $50 to the selected non-profit. The program runs through September 15, 2011.
August 1, 2011
ImOn Communications Celebrates Customers
ImOn Customer Appreciation Day at the Kernels was a success! Despite the temperatures rising past 95 degrees, ImOn Communications customers enjoyed discounted tickets to the game and had a blast at the Kernels event Sunday, July 31st.
ImOn Communications staff handed out free Frisbees to all, and treated customers with $5 Kernels gift certificates. The game had a turnout of 2,358 people, many of them ImOn customers. Even the Kernels felt the spirit of the day, and beat the Beloit Snappers by a landslide 6-1.
“I had a great time chatting with customers at the game,” said Megan Twachtmann, Connections Advocate at ImOn. “It was nice to get to talk to the people we serve in person, and the day let us show how much we value the support and loyalty of our customers.”
July 18, 2011
ImOn Communications Voted Corridor’s Best Local Internet Service Provider
Each year, the Corridor Business Journal (CBJ) scours the Cedar Rapids/Iowa City area for people and companies they deemed best in more than 50 different categories including Best Business Leader, Best Golf Course, Best Tourist Attraction and more.
This year, CBJ readers have voted ImOn Communications the Best Local Internet Service Provider.
“ImOn Communications is honored to receive this recognition from the Corridor Business Journal and its readers,” said Jeff Janssen, Director of Sales and Marketing. “ImOn has focused on building our network infrastructure to bring both residents and businesses in Cedar Rapids and Marion reliable, super fast high-speed Internet services all at a very competitive price. Obviously, based on this award, that focus has paid off in the eyes of our customers and the community we serve.”
Results will be featured in the publication’s July 18 & 25 Best of the Corridor editions.
For more information about the 2011 Best of the Corridor, visit the CBJ website at www.corridorbusiness.com.
June 28, 2010:
ImOn Communications Announces Major Network Enhancement and Expansion
Company Invests Millions in New Internet Technology, Service Area Growth, Product Development and Local Jobs
ImOn Communications announced today the details of its multi-million dollar investment in new network technology, service area growth, and product development.
DOCSIS 3.0 Deployment Brings Fastest Internet to the Area
Today, ImOn launched its new super high-speed Internet product offering. ImOn’s Freedom Internet line is highlighted by Freedom 65, which offers download speeds of up to 65Mbps.
The new high-speed Internet service is the fastest available to residents of Cedar Rapids and Marion.
The high bandwidth speeds for Freedom 65 are achieved through the deployment of a new technology known as DOCSIS 3.0. This technology enables channel bonding, which allows one subscriber to utilize multiple Internet channels simultaneously to achieve significantly higher Internet capacity and faster speeds.
“Freedom 65 is a product made possible by the significant investments ImOn has made in our network infrastructure. Deployment of DOCSIS 3.0 represents a commitment to the Cedar Rapids and Marion communities to provide lightning fast Internet delivered via state-of-the-art network technology,” said Patrice Carroll, President and General Manager of ImOn Communications. “All our Internet customers will benefit from this upgrade, in terms of speed, quality and reliability.”
Freedom 65 comes with two free ancillary products - SecureIT Plus PC protection and Online Backup file storage software. Freedom 65 users will be equipped with a new, more robust modem built to accommodate higher Internet speeds associated with DOCSIS 3.0 technology.
The new Freedom product line focuses on providing higher overall download speeds to all ImOn customers. In addition to Freedom 65, the line also offers services with download speeds of 5Mbps, 15Mbps and 25Mbps. Freedom 25 comes with free Secure IT PC protection software.
Service Footprint Growth
Since starting the business in 2007, and despite being adversely affected by the flood, ImOn has added more than 2,000 homes to its service area.
ImOn’s current multi-million dollar investment includes plans to add several thousand more homes and businesses to its service area in 2010 and 2011, with continued growth planned for 2012 and beyond.
Expanding the service territory means extending ImOn’s current fiber rich network into more neighborhoods to bring competition and choice to consumers in Cedar Rapids and Marion.
ImOn services are delivered via a network configuration known as “fiber to the curb,” meaning that ImOn’s cable TV, high-speed Internet and phone are delivered via fiber optics the entire distance from the technology core to the utility pole or pedestal on the customer property.
Fiber to the curb networks are recognized by the cable TV, high-speed Internet and phone industries as the delivery model benchmark because of the reliability and signal strength capacities associated with fiber optic communication.
HD Channel Offering Continues to Grow
Responding to growing customer interest in HD programming, ImOn announced the addition of 10 new high definition channels to its cable TV offering, bringing its total HD channel count to 37.
Travel Channel HD (channel 824), Outdoor Channel HD (848), ABC Family HD (826), Fox News HD (887), FX HD (856), ESPNU HD (832), TruTV HD (872), Cartoon Network HD (836), Comcast SportsNet HD (844) and Comcast SportNet Plus HD(847) have been added.
ImOn plans to add another 8 HD channels by the end of 2010 and many more in 2011. High definition programming is available for free to all ImOn customers taking a level of service above basic cable.
Size of Local Workforce to Double
Because of continued growth, ImOn will have doubled the size of its workforce by the end of 2010. ImOn is headquartered and operated fully within Cedar Rapids and Marion. ImOn employs a very diverse workforce of various technical and professional positions.
“ImOn continues to execute its growth strategy. We’re investing millions of dollars to bring quality competition to the marketplace, create jobs for the community we serve and continue our long standing commitment to economic development” said Steve Gray, ImOn Chairman.
April 20, 2010
The Cedar Rapids and Marion advertising market welcome new players today.
ImOn Communications, LLC along with ICAN, Inc. announced today they have launched local cable advertising services to thousands of subscribers in the Cedar Rapids and Marion, Iowa communities. Both companies have worked together to launch over 30 networks of advertising capacity including both standard and high definition channels.
The Iowa Cable Advertising Network also serves communities such as Robins, Center Point, Urbana as well as other communities in the Cedar Rapids area through a relationship with USA Communications in Shellsburg, Iowa. The Iowa Cable Advertising Network was launched one year ago and since that time, the network has grown to reach over 40 communities across the state. ICAN, Inc. is owned by long time local cable advertising executive Andy Pepper and is located in Marion, Iowa.
ImOn Communications, LLC is a locally owned communications company and serves Cedar Rapids and Marion with cable TV, local and long distance phone service, high speed internet as well as business communications services.
August 28, 2009
ImOn Communications to Carry Iowa vs Iowa State Football Game Sept 12 Company Adds Comcast Sportsnet Plus to Channel Lineup
ImOn Communications, the local provider of cable TV, high-speed Internet, and phone services announced today that it has added Comcast Sports Net Plus to its channel lineup.
ImOn will carry the Iowa vs. Iowa State football game September 12th via Comcast Sports Net Plus broadcast on ImOn channel 4.
ImOn will make the game available to all its cable TV customers for this event.
After the September 12th game, Comcast Sports Net Plus will be moved to ImOn’s digital channel lineup on channel 147.
August 25, 2009
ImOn Communications Launches NFL Network
ImOn Communications is pleased to announce an agreement has been reached with the NFL Network, the only television network dedicated to the NFL and the sport of football, to add the channel to its programming lineup September 1, 2009.
ImOn Communications, the local provider of cable TV, high-speed Internet, and phone services in Cedar Rapids and Marion will offer the NFL Network in its digital lineup on Channel 146, and in high definition (HD) on channel 846. ImOn is the first cable TV provider in Cedar Rapids to offer the NFL Network.
“We recognize our customers are very passionate about NFL football and we are happy we could reach an agreement with NFL Network to bring this quality service to our programming lineup,” said Patrice Carroll, President of ImOn Communications.
NFL Network is the destination for all that happens around the sport of football, on and off the field – during the season and throughout the off-season. NFL Network airs seven days a week, 24 hours a day on a year-round basis and provides viewers with nearly 2,000 hours a year of original programming (NFL Total Access, NFL GameDay Morning, NFL GameDay Scoreboard, NFL GameDay Highlights, NFL GameDay Final, NFL Replay, Playbook, NFL Replay Real Time), live Thursday Night Football NFL regular season games (8-games starting in November, including Thanksgiving and through the end of the regular season), the Emmy award-winning NFL Films-produced America’s Game documentary series, all 65 NFL preseason games, the Insight Bowl, Senior Bowl, NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine and Super Bowl coverage.
“Being a local cable TV provider, ImOn Communications has always cared about meeting the needs of its customers just like the NFL has with their fans,” said NFL Network’s Anna Petitti, Affiliate Partnership Group. “This announcement today is really about both of us joining together to continue that tradition.”
Both new and current customers may call 319-298-6484 to get more information about the NFL Network on ImOn.
July 14, 2009
ImOn Communications Named Best Local Internet Service Provider
Cedar Rapids – ImOn Communications has been selected as the Corridor’s Best Local Internet Service Provider by the readers of the weekly Corridor Business Journal.
This special recognition comes as part of the 2009 Best of the Corridor survey. The complete results of the survey and a short article on the category winners will appear in the July 20 and 27 issues of the Corridor Business Journal.
“This recognition reflects the hard work of ImOn employees in bringing exceptional value, excellent customer service, and a robust high-speed Internet product to the Cedar Rapids and Marion communities,” said Patrice Carroll, President and General Manager of ImOn Communications.
June 29, 2009
ImOn Communications Adds New High Definition Channels
Cedar Rapids – ImOn Communications, a local provider of telephone, high-speed Internet, and cable television services announces an expansion of its High Definition (HD) channel lineup.
Disney HD (channel 834), Cinemax HD (channel 861), A&E HD (channel 863) and History HD (channel 886) are now available to ImOn HD package subscribers.
ImOn is the only cable TV provider in Cedar Rapids and Marion to offer Disney HD.
ImOn HD programming is only $9.98 per month and includes 23 HD channels. Both current customers and non-customers may sign up for ImOn HD TV by calling ImOn at 319-298-6484.
December 8, 2008
ImOn Communications Returns to Downtown Offices
Cedar Rapids – ImOn Communications, a local provider of residential cable, Internet and phone services announces the company’s return to their corporate headquarters in downtown Cedar Rapids. Effective today, ImOn resumes full operations from their offices in the Great America Building located at 625 1st St SE in Cedar Rapids.
ImOn was forced to vacate its downtown offices on June 11, 2008, due to the flood that devastated downtown Cedar Rapids. The company has been operating out of a temporary office space in southwest Cedar Rapids for the last six months.
ImOn customers may make payments, exchange equipment, and make general account inquiries at the downtown location, Monday through Friday, from 8:00am to 5:00pm. An after-hours drop box is available outside the downtown office location for non-cash payments.
ImOn customers may also continue to make non-cash payments at ImOn’s alternate payment drop location at the downtown Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, 500 First Ave NE. Payments at this location may be made during normal bank hours or after hours in the night deposit box located at the bank’s drive thru. CRB & T is a bill payment location only, no other account activities may be made at this location.
ImOn’s temporary office in southwest Cedar Rapids will close permanently on Friday, December 5th at 5:00pm.