Community Services

CL Tel’s Community Channel

Tune in to Channel 1 for the latest in what’s happening in Clear Lake and Ventura with community, school and public events. There is no charge to publicize event information for your non-profit organization. Just call the CL Tel business office at 641-357-2111 or e-mail it to

Call Center
Free of charge, your non-profit organization can utilize CL Tel’s call center to make local calls to fundraise; conduct surveys, contact members.


View lake activities near the downtown sea wall, trumpeter swans and other outdoor action from the comfort of your home with CL Tel webcams. Tune to Lightstream Channel 2 for the lake view and Channel 600 to see trumpeter swans and other activities at Clear Lake’s unique Outdoor Classroom at Clear Creek Elementary School. The Outdoor Classroom also can be accessed from

City Council Meeting Re-broadcasts

The Clear Lake City Council Meeting meets the first and third Monday of the month. The meetings are available for viewing on CL Tel Video on Demand.

TDD Equipment
CL Tel allows the free usage of a TDD for one-time calls at the business office at 107 N 4th Street. Reserve the equipment in advance by calling 357-2111.
Weather, Time, and Temperature: It’s the most popular number in town. Just dial 357-0011 to hear the latest weather forecast, time and temperature.

Service to the Community

CL Tel continues to reinvest in its community and people, as we work together toward a vibrant future. Community reinvestment takes place in numerous ways: spending millions of dollars to provide an advanced broadband fiber optic network infrastructure with Gigabit Internet to attract new business and industry and investing dollars, personal time and leadership in projects that promote jobs and enhance the quality of life.
Collaborative leadership and reinvestment were some of the reasons CL Tel received the national Smart Rural Community Showcase Award in 2017. These advanced communications services have helped “drive economic and community strength”, according to the NTCA – the National Broadband Association. CL Tel provides free high speed Internet to the Clear Lake and Ventura public libraries; discounted Internet to schools and the One Vision General Store. Since its watershed 100 year anniversary celebration in 1995 in which CL Tel donated $20,000.00 to Clear Lake schools, paid for new playground equipment at what were then the two elementary schools and provided a free community-wide picnic in City Park, CL Tel has been a major sponsor of numerous annual community events. CL Tel also has been a major donor in numerous capital campaigns including the Clear Lake library addition and renovation, Central Gardens, the Clear Lake Arts Center, the lake water quality restoration project, the swimming pool, VFW and others. On a regional level, CL Tel has been a major contributor to many capital campaigns including Hospice, Four Oaks, Francis Lauer Youth Shelter; Habitat for Humanity; NIACC Foundation, YMCA and others and is a regular contributor to the North Iowa Corridor Economic Development Corporation and United Way of North Central Iowa.

V Tel has contributed to many projects in the Ventura community including the community building, community sign, streetlights, Ventura Library capital campaign, to the schools and a community playground. V Tel provides high speed Internet access to the library and is an annual contributor to the Ventura Fire Department’s SeptemberFest.