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Bob Peterson Memorial Telecommunications Scholarship


James Valley Telecommunications will be awarding three $2,000 scholarships in 2019 to area seniors whose parents or legal guardians are members of the cooperative.  



Applications must be returned to JVT’s office or emailed to marketing@jamesvalley.com by March 1, 2019. Any applications received after that date will not be considered.   



Applicant must be a high school senior who will be graduating in the Spring of 2019 and whose parents/legal guardians are members of James Valley Telecommunications. Applicant must be attending an accredited college, university or vocational school in South Dakota in the Fall of 2019. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required.


All applicants must submit the Bob Peterson Memorial Telecommunications Scholarship application. In addition, all applications shall submit a short essay of 400 words or less on the topic “What industry or opportunity would entice you to return to a local community after completing your education, and why?”


Immediate family members of James Valley Telecommunications’ directors and employees are not eligible for the JVT Scholarship Program.



Selection of recipients will be based on the following criteria: 25% application, 25% academic achievement, 50% essay. 


JVT/NVC Purchase Northern Wireless

James Valley Telecommunications and Northern Valley Communications announced the purchase of Northern Wireless Communications. NVC is a subsidiary of JVT.

“We have more than 60 years of experience in the communications industry and are excited to welcome the Northern Wireless customers to our Internet family,” said JVT/NVC CEO James Groft. “Internet service for Northern Wireless customers will continue uninterrupted as we make this exciting transition, and speeds will be increased where possible.”

Northern Wireless customers will see their next bill come from either JVT or NVC this month depending on the service address. JVT/NVC also provides cellular, cable TV and home phone service to Brown county and parts of Day and Spink counties.



Northern Electric Board Signs Letter Of Intent To Sell Northern Wireless Communications To James Valley Telecommunications

On Wednesday, January 25, 2017, the Northern Electric Cooperative Board of Directors signed a non-binding letter of intent to sell Northern Wireless Communications, its wholly-owned broadband wireless subsidiary, to James Valley Telecommunications.

If the sale is approved by the directors of both cooperatives, James Valley Telecommunications intends to purchase Northern Wireless Communications and begin serving its customers under the James Valley Telecommunications and Northern Valley Communications names with their suite of high-speed internet, cable, home phone, cell phone, and web-hosting services. Northern Wireless currently has nearly 1,600 high speed internet customers in ten different counties in northeast South Dakota. 

“We are excited to explore this opportunity with Northern Wireless and to secure the benefits that it can bring to both cooperatives,” James Valley Telecommunications and Northern Valley Communications CEO James Groft said.

Should the sale be finalized, James Valley will transition Northern Wireless customers from their current wireless broadband internet service to a new wired or fixed wireless internet connection.


JVT CEO James Groft Joins Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) Board of Directors

Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) announced that James Groft, CEO of JVT, has joined CCA’s Board of Directors. 

Groft oversees James Valley Telecommunications’ family of companies including Northern Valley Communications and wireless provider James Valley Wireless. 

“I am delighted to welcome James to CCA’s Board of Directors,” said Steven K. Berry, President & CEO of CCA. “James Valley Wireless has been a CCA member for many years, and James’ nearly 20 years of extensive experience in the industry will be a wonderful addition to the Board. I look forward to working with James and our continued work with James Valley Wireless on CCA members’ collective goal to ensure competitive carriers are able to grow and thrive in the industry.” 

James Valley Wireless started wireless operations in 2008 following a network build surrounding Aberdeen and currently is a member of CCA’s Data Services Hub. 

“We’re very proud of the service and products we provide to the area, and I’m very excited to join the CCA,” said Groft. “We know our involvement in CCA helps our customers, and that’s our first priority.”