Optical Internet Connects Stained Glass Library with the World

  • Willet Hauser Architectural Glass
WINONA, MN - Willet Hauser Architectural Glass, an innovative force in stained glass windows since the Willet Studios were founded in 1898, possesses one of the largest stained glass libraries in the world. Now, thanks to fiber optic Internet technology from Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Willet Hauser can leverage this information resource for both clients and the public alike. Optical Internet made the digitization of Willet Hauser's stained glass library a reality.

Steven Garner, technology director for Willet Hauser, said the company is using fiber optic Internet for more than just normal business functions such as email, web services, online database storage and VoIP. It is connecting interested parties with its vast stained glass library resources in both Winona, Minn., and Philadelphia, Penn. “Optical Internet connectivity from HBC will enable Willet Hauser to continue at the forefront of the stained glass industry," Garner said.

Winona-based Hiawatha Broadband Communications (HBC) evolved as a successor to a not-for-profit education initiative that connected Winona's community educational institutions to a fiber-optic network, transforming teaching and learning via the Internet.

HBC helps foster economic advancement in communities throughout Minnesota with world-class fiber-optic technology for television, Internet and telephone services. More than 30 percent of the stock in HBC is owned by Winona area non-profit institutions. Anonymous benefactors purchased the stock for the community’s schools as the new HBC was organized, providing an important indicator of their commitment to “people before profit.”

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