Melrose Minnesota: Gigabit City

According to the St Paul Pioneer Press

But the residents of Melrose, Minn., about 100 miles northwest of the Twin Cities, will get gigabit Internet connections with a call, beginning this week.

The city of about 4,000 is declaring itself the state’s first “gigabit city.”

This is in response to a January challenge by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski for at least one gigabit city to emerge in each U.S. state by 2015.

All Melrose residents have gigabit capability courtesy of fiber-optic networking that links directly to every home, said Mark Birkholz, director of southern markets for broadband provider Arvig.

The cost is high for personal use, but for a business it’s very reasonable – and for a family that spends a lot of time online – maybe with one or two parents working from home, regular telemedicine needs or elearning applications…

Arvig’s gigabit service costs $300 a month, while 100-megabit service runs $200 a month. Those wanting conventional 20-megabit service pay $20 a month.

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Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (, hosts a radio show on MN music (, supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota ( and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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