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About Bob Hance

Bob Hance is the President/CEO of Midwest Energy & Communications, and a 40+ year veteran of the electric cooperative industry. He is an innovative leader who is nationally known and respected for championing the cause for rural America, particularly as it relates to closing the communication gap and bringing high-speed communications solutions to the rural space.

2018 Fiber Internet Construction Plan

Time flies when you’ve having fun, and we’re having a blast bringing fiber internet to our southwest Michigan members. In a couple of short months, [...]

By | October 12, 2017|Construction, Fiber Internet, News|0 Comments

Triple Plays and Homeruns

I love baseball, and was hoping this was the year my beloved Detroit Tigers would make it back to this month’s World Series. But I [...]

By | October 2, 2017|Country Lines, Fiber Internet, Views|0 Comments

Celebrating a Bright Future Together

They say good things come in threes, and the changes happening at Midwest are proof of just that. A new building, a new name and [...]

By | September 11, 2017|Country Lines, Views|0 Comments

Cars & Kilowatts: Driving the Point Home

If you read my column regularly, you know I love a good analogy. I’m throwing a new one out this month to try to make [...]

By | May 30, 2017|Country Lines, Rates, Views|0 Comments

Enhancing Reliability with First Smart Grid Application

If the first quarter is any indication of what Mother Nature has up her sleeve for 2017, batten down the hatches friends. Four major weather [...]

By | April 28, 2017|Country Lines, Reliability, Smart Grid, Views|0 Comments

A Tale of Two Energy Innovators

Thomas Edison essentially launched the modern electric utility industry when the Pearl Street Station in Manhattan began generating electricity on Sept. 4, 1882. It was [...]

By | March 30, 2017|Country Lines, Rates, Smart Grid, Views|0 Comments

Small Town With Big City Tech

The digital space opens up a lot of opportunities for customers to share service experiences, good and bad. Here is a Google review recently shared [...]

By | March 2, 2017|Country Lines, Smart Grid, Views|0 Comments

Your Opinion Matters Here

This month we will drop about 5000 letters in the mail inviting members to join us for one of eight district meetings. Names are selected [...]

By | February 7, 2017|Country Lines, Rates, Views|0 Comments

Celebrating history and looking to the future

We are a people who like a good celebration, and nothing is off limits for a little recognition. Here are just a few of this [...]

By | October 4, 2016|Country Lines, Fiber Internet, Utility of the Future, Views|0 Comments

Beverage Straws and High-Speed Internet

Inspiration sometimes comes in odd packages. Today mine is a beverage straw/stir stick. I’ve always been a little perplexed by this seemingly useless piece of [...]

By | September 6, 2016|Country Lines, Fiber Internet, Utility of the Future, Views|0 Comments

Fiber Internet Making Rural Relevant Again

We recently had a message from Henry on our Facebook page. He’s not a member, but looking to build in southwest Michigan and asked about [...]

The cost of comfort and convenience

There’s comfort in convenience. After mowing, it’s nice to walk into your cool home. As the ravenous kids arrive home after soccer practice, it’s easy [...]

By | June 7, 2016|Rates, Reliability, Views|0 Comments

Changing the Landscape and Investing in our Membership

There’s an economic developer inside every successful electric utility leader.  We’re constantly on the look-out for meaningful growth opportunities because quality electric load benefits the [...]

By | March 28, 2016|News, Utility of the Future|0 Comments

Growing Pains and #UtilityoftheFuture

I was a young newlywed when I stepped into adulthood and independence and bought my first house. It felt nothing short of perfect as Mary [...]

By | March 1, 2016|News, Utility of the Future|0 Comments

System investments are membership investments

I’m always tickled when we receive notes like the one posted by Andrew on our Facebook page Dec. 24: “I would like to thank Midwest [...]

By | February 1, 2016|News, Utility of the Future|0 Comments