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State of the art technology backed by local, dedicated expertise.


10 highly trained technicians + 234 years of experience + 11,755 hours of technical training + state of the art technology = success for your business.

Our technical staff currently maintains a high speed WAN (Wide Area Network) , Layer 2 and Layer 3) providing voice, data (internet), and Video to nearly 15,000 end points on the network. This network is transported via over 300 miles of Fiber and copper infrastructure, with data capabilities (video/data/voice) ranging from 50mbps to 1gbps.

Other certifications include:

Security Systems (including smoke, fire, and water detection)

  • Six Technicians on staff that are fully licensed by the State of Iowa for Security System Installation and trained and certified by the Electronic Security Association.

Home Automation

  • Technicians fully trained and experienced in the installation of home automation technology including alarm status, lighting, temperature, water ingress detection, security video, locks and more.

Home Networking

  • Trained in the installation and certification of high speed data wiring
  • Configuration of network with hardwired computer and wireless connectivity for other devices like phones and Pads.

Complex Networking

  • Experienced in Network Design and Operation (Cisco, LG-Ericsson, DLink, Calix,
  • Experienced in Network wiring, both Copper UTP and Fiber Optic (Multi-Mode and Single Mode)

Communications Systems

Experienced and trained in many different architectures of communications systems ranging from analog and digital to IP and Hosted IP systems, including:

  • Mitel
  • Avaya
  • Panasonic
  • Lucent
  • Nortel Norstar
  • Nortel SL1 and Option 11
  • Comdial

Complex Carrier Grade Networks (Designing, Building, and Maintaining) working with equipment from:

  • Lucent
  • Advanced Fibre Communications
  • Cisco
  • Calix
  • MetaSwitch
  • Motorola (Next Level Communications)
  • Motorola Wireless

Hal Berding, Business Account Executive with 19 years of industry experience. Hal Berding is a North Iowan who has consulted with businesses across Iowa. He was an account executive for Alliance Connect, consulting with businesses in Des Moines, Ames and surrounding areas. Prior to that, he was a business executive for Iowa Telecom for nine years, all while still living in Clear Lake. Berding also was a regional sales manager for Iowa Mold Tooling and a sales representative for McLeod USA Communications and CommNet Cellular in Mason City. Berding graduated from NIACC and Sheffield-Chapin Community Schools.

Dan Nichols, Subsidiary Manager with 15 years of industry experience. He was general manager of Alliance Connect, a subsidiary of Iowa Network Services in Des Moines before joining CL Tel. Also served as general manager of Iowa Telecom Communications in Iowa and Minnesota and provided competitive communications services in CenturyLink service areas. He managed the growth of the subsidiary to over 3,000 business customers. He also was product development and implementation manager for Iowa Telecom Services after it purchased the GTE exchanges throughout Iowa.

Dennis Fitzgerald, Plant Manager with over 35 years of industry experience in the telephone industry, covering a broad range of responsibilities and positions, including technical, line supervision, staff and managerial. Managed conversion of ATM video transport to IPTV over Calix VDSL2 and GPON, installation of third generation MetaSwitch, Cisco SONET multiplexers and routers. Dennis was Customer Services Staff Manager with Vista Telephone for Iowa and Minnesota and held technical and supervisory positions with Centel in Iowa. AAS in Industrial Electronics.

Jan Lovell, President and owner, 27 years of industry experience. Managed deployment of equal access, Internet, first generation cellular, videoconferencing. Coordinated management team in purchase and deployment of Lucent 5ESS switch, Metaswitch, IPTV, the fiber optic network infrastructure and FTTH and in strategic planning. Manages human resources. Served as chair of the Telecommunications Advisory Committee to the Iowa Telecommunications Commission. MS degree in Telecommunications from St. Mary’s University of Minnesota. BA from Lewis and Clark College, Portland Oregon.

Tom Lovell, General Manager and owner, served as general manager for the past 15 years and general counsel for the past 25 years. Managed the purchase and deployment of two digital switches, Lucent 5ESS and a Metaswitch and managed the vendor selection and deployment of our fiber to the node and fiber to the home deployment; vendor selection for current urban fiber to the home and IPTV deployment; manages wireless 4G PCS operations. Served on Midwest Wireless Board of Directors for seven years. JD degree from Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College. BS degree Drake University.

You’ll always talk with a seasoned professional when you call CL Tel – no voice mail jail! There is a reason why our staff recently won the Customer Service Award from the Clear Lake Area Chamber of Commerce! Your business needs are our number one priority.

Life-changing technology, supported by local personal expertise and service – CL Tel’s cornerstone.  We’re at Your Service.