Information and History
Concept Communication Corporation is a family owned and operated business dating back to 1971. Founded by the Antcliff Family along with another partner as Satellite Systems Corporation (SSC) in Northern Michigan. The primary purpose of the company was to provide cable services to our military personnel through government contracts. SSC provided cable to Air Force and Army installations across the United States.
SSC made national news in 1977 by launching the first 5 meter satellite earth stations (dishes) in the nation. Some of them are still in operation across the US. SSC split up the partnership to bring services out west, including, but not limited to: Fairchild AFB, Geiger Facilities, and the City of Airway Heights, WA back in 1981. In 1982, the Antcliff Family moved to Washington State permanently to service the west contracts with the military and just enjoy the scenery and lifestyle in Idaho, Washington and Utah. After the move, the company changed the SSC designation from Satellite Systems Corporation to Superior Satellite Corporation to reflect the region of Northern Michigan where they started operations along the shores of Lake Superior.
In 1991, Father and Son (Keith and Wayne) decided that Newport, Priest River, and Oldtown were in an underserved area and formed a new corporation named Concept Communication Corporation , or as it is better known, Concept Cable TV. The communication designation was used to represent what the coming services would bring. Internet and telephone services were on the horizon back in 1991, but Concept knew that the future was approaching fast. Concept Communication placed the first commercial fiber in Newport to extend to the phone companies and into Idaho to deliver cable services above and beyond what the old style coaxial cable was capable of. By 1995, fiber services and operations were extended all the way to Priest River along the highway laying the foundation for the coming Internet services.
In 1994, Wayne moved to Newport permanently to run the family operation here and the systems in Airway Heights and Fairchild were sold off later to become part of the Spokane Comcast system.
Wayne Antcliff took over permanent operations as the President and Owner of Concept in January 2013 and Keith Antcliff has stepped down as CEO to become an Advisor to the company with his vast knowledge and expertise in communications.
Always looking to the forefront of technology, Concept is now advancing into the fiber projects and services to keep up with the changes in the industry. As Cable Television fades, Concept Communication will continue to grow and transition into the Internet Service Provider arena.
Service is the number one priority for our customers. With over 40 years experience serving our Military and civilian customers we are proud to carry on the tradition of excellent service and local support.
Wayne and his wife Lila live in the City of Newport. Lila is a lifelong resident, and Wayne has lived here since 1994. He met Lila in 1995 while designing and mapping the cable systems. Wayne has served on the Newport City Council for the better part of 13 years, currently serving on the Newport Planning Commision and as a Councilmember served in the National League of Cities Telecommunication Committeed for two years. Wayne maintains an active role lobbying for the best interests of his customers. His work has taken him to Congress in Washington, DC and Olympia, Washington to the state Capitol.
Concept Communication Corporation is a member of the Nationial Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC).