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Solarus, formerly known as Wood County Telephone Company, has been a trusted provider of telephone service since 1896. Our unwavering dedication to delivering innovative communication solutions fueled substantial growth but also led us to become the area’s exclusive fiber optic Internet service provider. Today, we proudly serve approximately 16,500 customers, making us the largest independent telecommunications company in the state. We firmly believe that providing reliable and affordable high-speed Internet is essential for the economic development and long-term prosperity of the rural communities we serve.

Our extensive service portfolio includes high-speed Internet, wireless broadband, phone, TV, monitoring, and home automation solutions for both residential and business customers. These services are backed by round-the-clock technical support from our on-site Technical Assistance Center. Our customers attribute their satisfaction to the exceptional quality and reliability of our services.

Our team is comprised of 110 professionals dedicated to delivering a Noticeably Better experience. Solarus is proudly owned by over 950 local stockholders, all of whom are also our customers. We are deeply committed to giving back to area schools, organizations, and community initiatives that align with our mission of making our service areas exceptional places to live, work, and conduct business.





Board of Directors & Officers

Doug Wenzlaff
Jere Johnson
Vice President
Rick Rustad
Robin Koeshall
Keith Gasch
Assistant Secretary
Jamey Lysne

Locally Owned. Locally Invested.

We're owned by local residents, not corporate giants, and firmly believe in giving back to the communities we serve.






Community Support
Solarus employees aim to support pediatric initiatives at the Rich Seubert Trap Shoot.
Dottie the Donor Dot and Team Solarus at the Scavenger Hunt to fundraise for organ donation awareness.
With this contribution, we celebrate our long-standing history in Manawa and pledge our commitment to its future success!
A gift for health & hope! We're proud to stand beside the Aspirus Riverview Foundation and its mission to improve our community's health and wellness.
Local businesses coming together to kick off the holiday season? Count us in!
Thanks to generous employee pledges and Solarus’ match, we were able to present over $47,939 that will benefit the residents of Wood County.
25 Years and our love for this event just keeps getting BIGGER! We're proud to support them with not only a cash donation, but complimentary TV advertising.
Over $400 in supplies were donated to United Way of South Wood & Adams Counties Stuff the Bus event. Supplies were purchased using the profits from an employee bake sale.
Each year, we support each of the school districts in our service area with a cash donation and the popcorn bags used at their extracurricular events.
You like big trucks? We've got some of the coolest. Derrick the Digger was a favorite amongst attendees at this year's Family Center fundraiser.
I scream, you scream, everyone likes FREE ice cream at Lunch by the River!
We're proud to provide the wi-fi and live stream capabilities for the annual ski tournament.
We enjoyed meeting so many Plover residents and loved answering all their questions about Fiber Internet!
Our CanStructure consisted of 600+ cans (donated to local food pantries) and took home the Community Choice Award.
We're proud to support ODC's mission through sponsorships of their Run, Walk & Roll event, Fore Hope Golf Outing and Cash Calendar giveaway.
As a Founding Partner, we knew this partnership would be a home run from day one. Hometown support is a value we hold tightly.
As yet another hometown gem, we're proud to back Rowdy and the rest of the boys on ice.
Warm hearts overcame the chilly temps at Aspirus' Lights of Love ceremony honoring loved ones during the holiday season.
This community hub was the perfect fit to showcase our security camera and phone systems. Additionally, we supported this project during its capital campaign, facilitated the network connectivity and provide the 1 GIG public Wi-Fi for its patrons.
This project was supported with a cash donation and assistance in extending connectivity to the concession stand, hockey rink, football field, press box, and scoreboard.
This project features a premium Solarus video surveillance system with 23 cameras. Library patrons can also now access complimentary 1 GIG Fiber Internet in the Makerspace, Theater and training rooms.
Public access wi-fi and security cameras were donated to support the short and long-range goals of this community space.
All of the impressive technology within the Food & Farm Exploration Center is powered by 1 GIG Solarus Fiber Internet. We're proud to support their mission to educate people of all ages about agricultural innovation and sustainability.
In addition to a cash donation, we were able to support this project by facilitating connectivity to the concession stand, the press box, and around the track & field to help with timing systems and live-streaming capabilities