Category Archives: IVC Network

Can You “Physically” Visit the Internet? [VIDEO]

Ever wonder where or how you can connect with people and information from all over the world through the internet?

After having his internet disconnect because of a squirrel, author Andrew Blum (Read Tubes on Kindle) gave a talk about a “physical” visit cyber-space.  Is it possible?

At IV Cellular, we provide a wireless connection to the internet through your phone.  However, there is still a “physical” connection to provide voice and internet that is piped in and out through fiber optics in the ground.  That’s why, if a fiber optic cable is severed…. It can affect multiple cellular phone companies (ie. recent (non IVC) cellular outage caused by a lawn mower in Northwestern Illinois.)

Wireless Alerts Testing

Illinois Valley Cellular has taken steps to alert you, through your mobile device, in the event of an emergency.  Working with the FCC, you will be notified in “three classes of text-based alerts, such as Presidential, Imminent Threat (e.g., tornado), and Amber Alerts.”

To read more on CMAS, read this article on, or the

In order to receive CMAS alerts, you need a compatible handset.  The following handsets can receive alerts:

BlackBerry Curve 9350
BlackBerry Torch 9850
BlackBerry Bold 9930
LG Optimus Plus
Motorola Defy XT
Motorola Milestone X2

We will begin testing the CMAS alert system on Wednesday, September 19th, from 10am to  3pm.   If you have one of these handsets, you will receive test messages on your device.

IVC Powers Data for Tiskilwa First Responders

So, was showing Adam Lind of Spring Valley around on his smartphone at this past Wednesday’s Smartphone class at Streator’s Wireless Solution Center… and as I’m showing the EMT and his wife cool apps for their Motorola Milestone X’s (ie. Tikl Talk, HeyTel, and TuneIn Radio) he tells me about how his brand new phone powered the data for the first responder’s laptops at the train derailment and explosion in Tiskilwa last week.  Once again, another reason to be on the IVC network… Rural coverage.

At Illinois Valley Cellular, we thank all of those men and women in uniform who put their lives in danger to keep us safe.  Thanks to the Firemen, EMTs, Police and Sheriff’s deputies who took the call last week and prevented what could have been a much bigger disaster for those living in Tiskilwa and Bureau County.

VIDEO: No AT&T Coverage in Granville? Try IVC.

Recently spotted this news item in the LaSalle NewsTribune:
Granville, the solution to better talk/ better service…. Illinois Valley Cellular.

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RADCOM and IVC to Show Case at RCA’s 2011 Fall Expo

TEL AVIV, IsraelSeptember 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —

RADCOM Ltd. (NASDAQ: RDCM) a leading provider of service assurance solutions, announced today its participation in RCA’s 2011 Fall Expo, which will take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, from September 14 to September 16, 2011.

RADCOM provides service assurance solutions for the latest telecommunication technologies, including both wireless and wireline. RADCOM’s Omni-Q solution will also be presented at the convention by one of RADCOM’s satisfied customers, Illinois Valley Cellular (IVC), a North American operator that has successfully deployed RADCOM’s Service Assurance system to monitor and troubleshoot their CDMA 1X/EVDO network.

Illinois Valley Cellular is devoted to providing excellent cellular service to the people of North Central Illinois, and is a member of the Rural Cellular Association (RCA) and of the Associated Carrier Group. In order to make sure that their network is functioning well, and to provide a high level of service to their customers, they selected RADCOM’s Service Assurance system from the market’s available solutions. Using RADCOM’s system, they have both an overview of any potential issues on their network, as well as the ability to drill down to any problematic areas identified.

“To manage our expanding subscriber base and the increasing data usage we needed a solution to help us monitor the true Quality of Experience (QoE) of our subscribers. RADCOM’s Omni-Q solution provided us that visibility at the subscriber and network level,” said Tom Walsh, Illinois Valley Cellular CEO.  “Our previous troubleshooting solution was time consuming, while RADCOM could offer us a system that not only significantly shortened our troubleshooting time, but also offered us monitoring capabilities.”

“We are very pleased to offer a solution to IVC that enables them to provide full visibility of their data network,” said Noam Weisman, VP Sales, RADCOM Equipment Inc.’s, RADCOM’s North American subsidiary. “RADCOM’s solutions have been widely deployed with RCA and other wireless carriers monitoring SS7, CDMA, GPRS, UMTS, and LTE networks.”


RADCOM develops, manufactures, markets and supports innovative network test and service monitoring solutions for communications service providers and equipment vendors. The Company specializes in next-generation Cellular as well as IMS, Voice, Data and VoIP networks. Its solutions are used in the development and installation of network equipment and in the maintenance of operational networks. The Company’s products facilitate fault management, network service performance monitoring and analysis, troubleshooting and pre-mediation. RADCOM’s shares are listed on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the symbol RDCM. For more information, please visit

About Illinois Valley Cellular

Now celebrating its 20th year of operation, Illinois Valley Cellular is devoted to providing excellent cellular service to the people of North Central Illinois.

The company serves Illinois RSA 2, an eight county area running from the Indiana state line to south of Chicago, to near Peoria, Illinois and then on towards the Iowa state line. The RSA (Rural Service Area) represents over 250,000 population. Serving the counties of LaSalleBureauPutnamMarshallStarkLivingstonFord and Iroquois. For more information, please visit .