Socket Photo Shoot

Photo ShootWe're currently having a photo shoot at the main office in Columbia, MO today!

We thought it was time to freshen up our website and some of our print materials with some new photos.

We're working with Art Smith Photography to get lots of great new photos of our staff members.

The photo shoot has been a lot of fun in the process and we've had lots of laughs! Who knew taking photos for Home Phone + Internet service would be so much fun!



Como Cyclo Cross Training Series At Socket

Bike FlyerStarting on September 4th, on Tuesday nights there will be a Cyclo Cross Training series hosted on Socket's campus starting at 6 p.m.

Cyclo Cross is a form of bike racing on short courses that requires the rider to quickly dismount their bicycle to navigate obstructions like a steep muddy hill, and then quickly remount the cycle to continue the race. 

The series will consist of two 20-minute races each night which will all be open category. Each event will have a $5 entry fee and require a USAC license. 

Prizes will be awarded nightly and points will be kept throughout the season for prizes awarded at the end of the series. 

This series is sponsored by Socket along with the following sponsors:

Big Tree Cycling
Walt's Bike Shop
Columbia Bike Club
Klunk Cycles
Try Athletics
Big Shark

Check back with our blog for photos and updates on the series!

Click the flyer to download a PDF.

For more information, visit the Como Cyclo Cross Website

8-29-12 Phase 3 Construction Plans Approved

fiber constructionWe received good news this week!   

Our construction plans were approved for the third phase of construction in our fiber network. This means we plan to begin construction near the Fulton, MO area starting on September 10. Once the infrastructure is built and the initial fiber lines are run, we will begin delivering drop locations and scheduling installations for new customers. 
Fiber installations are continuing daily in the second phase of construction within our fiber service area.

If you live west of Fulton, MO and are within our fiber service area, now is the time to schedule an installation! Be one of the first in your area with super fast and reliable Internet + Phone service!
Find out which phase you're in.
If you have any questions, just give us a call at 1-800-762-5383.
Learn more about Socket's rural fiber project.

Socket Sponsors Kid City

Kid City
Kid City


We hope your weekend was as fun as ours!

We were lucky enough to hang out at Kid City in Columbia, where we spent the day handing out balloons and candy. 

It turns out our balloons were more popular than we imagined!

We ran out towards the end of the event, after blowing up nearly 600 of them with hand-held pumps. 

In all, everyone seemed to have a great time.

Plus the kids seemed pretty tuckered out too, for which we're sure the parents were thankful. 

What was your favorite part of Kid City? Tell us in a comment on our blog!

For more photos from the event, visit the Kid City website!



Meet Jeff Gray, Programmer/Analyst

Every month, Socket employees ­nominate and vote on a co-worker who best exemplifies our Core Values and Beliefs.

This month, we picked Jeff Gray, from the programming department. Jeff builds and maintains the programs we use here in the office to keep everything organized and scheduled, as well as the programs our customers use to track their personal accounts.

“Jeff is a force for good in this world, and he is a genuinely helpful and useful guy that pulls things together for Socket on a regular basis,” said a co-worker who nominated him. “Basically, Jeff helps us help ourselves make the difference.”

Originally from Lebanon, Missouri, Jeff enjoys video games and cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals. He’s worked at Socket for nearly three years now, after interviewing here right out of college.

“We always have wide variety of projects we are working on,” said Jeff. “What I work on one week is often very different from past projects, which means I’m constantly learning new things.”

Jeff’s enthusiasm shows in all his work, and for that, we’re proud to name him our You-Make-The-Difference Award winner for August. Congratulations!

Read about other You-Make-The-Difference-Award winners.

8-23-12 Scheduling Fiber Installs

Good news! Fiber installations are back in full swing!
If you live anywhere in the first construction phase or off of Highway F in the West of Fulton phase and have not called to schedule an installation, now is the time to do it!
To view our Service Area map, visit our Fiber Page.
Our install schedule is filling up fast, so if you want to be one of the first in your area with Fiber Internet + Phone service, call us at 1-800-762-5383.
Don't forget to Refer A Friend either! When you refer your neighbors to Socket, you can both get $25 off your services. 


Out of Control Cable Clutter?

We’ve got our fair share of cables around the office, so we can definitely offer a few tips. Luckily, most of these just utilize things you already have lying around, so you don’t have to spend any cash.

1. Go to unplug your laptop or phone, and the charger slips behind the desk into the dark unknown? Fix it with a quick modification to a binder clip. Pinch the metal prongs to remove it from the plastic body, insert the cable, and then reattach the prong. Now all you have to do is clip it to the desk or shelf. Voila! Never chase after the cable again.

2. Store unused cables in Ziploc bags- wind them into a circle, and then let them expand naturally once you seal the bag. No kinks in the cable, no tangling, and they’ll never get caught on other cables you’ve stored in the same box.

3. Use matching bread ties of the same color on the top and bottom of very long cords- that way, you can identify what it is you’re unplugging among the cluster of cables near the outlet. Alternatively, use small label stickers on the plug itself. 

4. To keep unused extension cords orderly, wrap them up and store them in old paper towel tubes. They’re usually easier to find in the house than zip ties or Velcro wraps, even if they aren’t as pretty.

5. If you’re sick of accidentally kicking cables under your desk, consider using some zip ties or Velcro wraps to keep them bundled and attached to a table leg. Basic Velcro wrap can be purchased from most craft stores by the roll, or you can find some specially made for cable organization.

Of course, there are plenty of nifty products you can buy that will accomplish all the same things- Office Depot and Staples are good places to look.  If you find a cool product, or have a neat trick for organization, let us know!

How Not to Build a Fiber Network

Messy fiber in Columbia, MOAnd you think we made a mess in your front yard!
One of our employees drove by a competitor's fiber network here in Columbia.  Looks like their fiber is trying to escape! 
Would hate to be the employee who has to shove this all back into a hole in the ground.
Makes us very proud of our crews and the work they did.  No caution tape needed.

Socket Renews Sponsorship of Mizzou Athletics

Ah, the SEC. As T.J. Moe put it on media day, “the girls are prettier, the air is fresher and the toilet paper is thicker.”

Now, we can’t actually vouch for that, but we’re still psyched about the new conference. So it only made sense for us to renew our sponsorship of the Tigers in time to celebrate their first SEC game on September 8th, against the Georgia Bulldogs.

Make sure to catch the Socket Postgame Show with Mike Kelly for all your highlights and key moments.  You’ll find it on KTGR ESPN 100.5 FM & 1580 AM in mid-Missouri, or on your local Tiger radio station, after every men's football and basketball game. We'll be sponsoring the show for at least the next three years, and hopefully even longer than that.

Read the official press release from the Tigers here. We can’t wait to see you at the game (and possibly the tailgate, too)! S-E-C!

Come See Socket at Kid CIty

kid city 2011
Come visit Socket at Kid City, August 25th at the Holiday Inn and Expo Center in Columbia!

Kid City is an event dedicated to providing resources and information for parents, while letting kids have a day of activities and fun. From the obstacle course, to the bounce house, to appearances from Elmo and Dora the Explorer, kids will have no shortage of reasons to want to stay.

Socket will be attending with a large supply of balloons and temporary tattoos to hand out, so make sure to stop by and say hello.

It’s a great way to spend a day with the family. For more information on Kid City, visit their site at


Who is Socket

Founded in 1994, Socket is a Missouri-based telephone and Internet service provider with the largest service area in the state.

Socket is a privately held company that provides families and businesses a choice for local and long-distance phone and Internet service. We combine the highest quality customer service with in-depth technical knowledge.

Our network serves more than 20,000 residents and businesses in more than 400 Missouri cities, and our customers enjoy simple billing and quick, friendly service.

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