Decades of Cooperation

BEK Communications Cooperative has been connecting people and communities for decades.

BEK Headquarters

The Early Beginnings

Friends and neighbors in Burleigh, Emmons and Kidder counties of North Dakota founded the coop in 1952. Thus the name – BEK Communications Cooperative. Our headquarters has always been and will always remain in Steele.

The original coop territory grew to serve nearly 6,000 customers in south-central North Dakota. Over the past decade, BEK has grown to serve nearly 11,000 customers in Burleigh, Emmons, Kidder, Morton, Oliver, McLean, Logan, McIntosh, Barnes, Griggs, Cass and Steele counties, with offices in Steele, Bismarck and Valley City.

BEK provides phone, gigabit broadband internet and television services over a leading edge fiber-optic network; cloud-based security, automation, surveillance, voice and data storage services; and hospital and business communications solutions. We also provide statewide sports broadcasting on the BEK Sports Network and television content across the state through KNDM, KNDB and KRDK.

Cooperative and Service Areas

Within the cooperative area our customers are our owners. BEK’s member-owners elect representatives to a nine-person Board of Directors that guides the company’s progress.

BEK also serves Valley City and the surrounding area, as well as rural areas adjacent to Bismarck and Mandan. Although customers in these areas are not coop members, they receive the same great services at competitive prices.
BEK service area

The Future is Now

Over the years, we have invested heavily in the electronics and fiber infrastructure necessary to deliver state-of-the-art fiber-based services to you and your neighbors. The BEK Fiber network is continually monitored and updated in order to outpace the exponential growth of internet data.

And the network is still growing. BEK is currently extending BEK Fiber to rural areas surrounding Valley City – BEK East on the above map – and to more of rural Morton County west of Mandan. Watch our In the Know page for construction updates and future expansion plans.

Capital Credits

Members earn capital credits when they do business with the coop. BEK uses the capital credits to fund investments and upgrades to facilities, equipment and the fiber-optic network, if it determines the coop’s financials will not be negatively impacted.

Affiliated Companies

BEK is a member-owner of Dakota Carrier Network (DCN), North Dakota Long Distance (NDLD); a partner in Central Dakota Cellular of North Dakota LP (CDC), Northwest Dakota Cellular of North Dakota LP (NDC), Red River Cellular of North Dakota LP (RRC); and a partner/investor in Codero.

Award-Winning Work

Our work is devoted to helping you connect to what matters: friends and family, customers and coworkers, entertainment, job markets, health care, educational resources and more. Kudos from customers is more than enough to keep us going, but we do appreciate awards and recognition from outside our local service areas.

Here are some of the regional and national awards BEK Communications Cooperative has won for our efforts:
  • 2008 Cornerstone Award from the Broadband Properties Summit recognizing achievements in BEK’s deployment of advanced broadband networks in rural North Dakota
  • 2010 TelcoTV Vision Award for the most innovative and visionary way of offering three channels of exclusive local content
  • 2011 Calix Innovation Award for local sports broadcasting
  • 2012 Vernon Galaxy Award recognizing an outstanding marketing campaign for new IP services
  • 2012 NTCA TeleChoice Award for best website for products and services
  • 2013 Trailblazer Award, Smart Rural Community initiative, leader in the use of broadband to build community strength, conquer distance, import and export goods, services and knowledge
  • 2014 Eric Sevareid Awards for Journalism Excellence, BEK Sports swept the Small Market TV Sports Play-by-Play Category, winning all three awards
  • 2014 NTCA TeleChoice Award, publication of Cooperative Annual Report
  • 2015 Eric Sevareid Awards for Journalism Excellence, BEK Sports swept the Small Market TV Sports Play-by-Play Category, winning all three awards
  • 2016 Eric Sevareid Awards for Journalism Excellence, BEK Sports swept the Small Market TV Sports Play-by-Play Category, winning all three awards
  • 2016 NTCA GIG Certification, certified to have deployed 100% Gig capable infrastructure
  • 2017 Eric Sevareid Awards for Journalism Excellence. BEK Sports again swept the Small Market TV Sports Play-by-Play Category.
  • 2018 Eric Sevareid Awards for Journalism Excellence. BEK Sports again swept the Small Market TV Sports Play-by-Play Category.
  • 2019 NTCA Smart Rural Community Gig-Capable Provider
  • 2019 BroadbandNow award for Top Internet Speeds Nationwide
  • 2019 BroadbandNow award for Top 3 Fastest Internet Providers in North Dakota
  • 2019 BroadbandNow award for being the #1 Fastest Fiber Provider in North Dakota