Westman Communications Group
|Headquarters||Brandon, Manitoba, Canada|
|Area served||Southwestern Manitoba|
|Products||Cable Television, Internet, Telephone service provider, and local radio broadcaster|
|Net income||+ $20 million|
|Subsidiaries||Riding Mountain Broadcasting|
Westman Communications Group (WCG) is the operating name of Westman Media Co-operative. Formerly referred to as Westman Cable, it is the main cable television company for the city of Brandon, Manitoba and the surrounding towns and villages of southwestern Manitoba.
WCG was established in 1977 and originally provided cable television to the city of Brandon. In 1978, WCG expanded its coverage to include Carberry. Today, WCG provides
Digital Television (and analog): Benito, Binscarth, Birch River, Birtle, Bowsman, Deloraine, Elkhorn, Erickson, Gilbert Plains, Gladstone, Glenboro, Grandview, Hamiota, McCreary, Melita, Minitonas, Roblin, Rossburn, Russell, Sandy Lake, Shoal Lake, St. Lazare, Ste. Rose, Strathclair, Swan River.
As a consumer co-operative, WCG is one of the few cable companies where the customer earns equity (by being a Co-op), which can be cashed in if they move out of the service area. WCG is a member of the Manitoba Cooperative Association.
WCG, as cooperative, is a business owned and controlled by its members. Membership in WCG is open to anyone wishing to purchase services. Members, through a board of directors, determine how the co-operative will be run and allocation of any profits. The elected Board of Directors carries the ultimate responsibility for the policies for Westman and for giving direction to management. Westman's Board of Directors for 2013: Dave Hughes (Chair), Susan Brechmann (2nd Vice Chair), Brian McVicar (Secretary), Doug Smallwood (Treasurer), Bill Zaporzan, Gary Brawn, Rick Borotsik, Jim Ferguson, Barrie Brooking, Debbie Brown.
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May 1, 2007, WCG purchased the naming rights to the Keystone Centre's main arena and the associated viewing lounge. It is a ten-year deal with an option to renew. As part of the deal, WCG will install HD televisions in the concourse and two electronic reader boards.
March 15, 2008, WCG was listed by Industry Canada as a participant in the upcoming auction for spectrum licenses for advanced wireless services.
December 15, 2008, WCG was certified as a Competitive Local Exchange Carrier (CLEC) and began providing landline home phone service in competition with MTS.
- Industry Canada (March 14, 2008), http://www.ic.gc.ca/epic/site/smt-gst.nsf/en/sf08900e.html
- Westman Communications Group official page
- Manitoba Cooperative Association
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