Nice to report some upgrades to broadband connections as detailed in the following press release from Mediacom…
Mediacom Upgrades Broadband Service in 22 MN Counties; Homes & Businesses Gain 105 Mbps Internet Speeds
Mediacom expands its 105-meg download speeds to 160 Minnesota communities – Worthington to Two Harbors
Network Boost Due to Company’s Investment
GRAND RAPIDS, MN – July 31, 2013 — Mediacom Communications announced today it has given a speed boost to 73 communities in rural Minnesota where the company now provides download speeds of 105 mega-bits-per-second (Mbps) – twice as fast as the speeds available before network upgrades were completed earlier this month.
The higher-speed Internet service, Ultra 105, uses the technology known as DOCSIS 3.0 to provide Internet users with download speeds of up to 105 Mbps and upload speeds of up to 10 Mbps. Mediacom officials describe recent network improvements as investments to its fiber-based infrastructure in areas which include the Mesabi Range, Lake County, and much of western Minnesota.
“Our goal is to deliver the fastest broadband speeds throughout our Minnesota service areas because many devices are being used in homes and businesses, and each person wants to stay connected to the wealth of information that Internet apps make available,” said Mediacom regional vice president Bill Jensen. “Mediacom’s high rate of speed – 105 Mbps – ensures rapid data delivery while more people move data to and from the Internet.”
Jensen explained that Mediacom’s fiber-based network was built with the ability to scale up to the faster speeds of Ultra 105. The network investment that raised Internet speeds to 105 Mbps was made within five months of a previous upgrade that made 50-meg service available in many areas. Throughout the state, Mediacom provides broadband services to more than 200 communities and townships, and Ultra 105 is now available in 84 percent of those customer areas.
Each Mediacom Ultra 105 customer is equipped with a new, more powerful modem configured for the higher Internet speeds. The higher-speed broadband service is available to both residential and business customers.
Mediacom Communications is the nation’s eighth largest cable television company and one of the leading cable operators focused on serving the smaller cities in the United States, with a significant concentration in the Midwestern and Southeastern regions. Mediacom Communications offers a wide array of broadband products and services, including traditional and advanced video services such as digital television, video-on-demand, digital video recorders, high-definition television, as well as high-speed Internet access and phone service. Through Mediacom Business, the Company offers affordable broadband communications solutions that can be tailored to any size business.
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IMPACT AREAS – investments in network technology result in Ultra 105 broadband speeds available in these areas as of July 2013:
Northern MN – Sturgeon Lake to Silver Bay; Grand Rapids to Hoyt Lakes
- Carlton County: Carlton, Cloquet, Moose Lake, Thomson, Windemere, Moose Lake Twp.
- Itasca County: Calumet, Coleraine, Cohasset, Grand Rapids, Keewatin, La Prairie, Marble, Nashwauk, Taconite, Harris Twp.
- Lake County: Beaver Bay, Silver Bay, Two Harbors
- Pine County: Sturgeon Lake, Sturgeon Lake Twp
- St. Louis County: Aurora, Biwabik, Buhl, Chisholm, Eveleth, Fayal, Gilbert, Hermantown, Hibbing, Hoyt Lakes, Kinney, McKinley, Mountain Iron, Proctor, Virginia, Midway Twp., White Twp.
Southeastern MN (Mediacom’s Lake City system)
- Goodhue County: Florence
- Wabasha County: Lake City, Mt. Pleasant, Lake City Twp
- Western MN (Mediacom’s Benson-area systems)
- Big Stone County: Clinton, Graceville
- Kandiyohi County: Atwater, Sunburg
- Lac Qui Parle County: Dawson, Madison
- Meeker County: Cosmos, Grove City
- Pope County: Starbuck
- Stearns County: Belgrade, Brooten, Paynesville, Paynesville Twp
- Stevens County: Chokio, Hancock, Morris, Morris Twp
- Swift County: Appleton, Clontarf
- Traverse County: Wheaton
- Yellow Medicine County: Granite Falls
Southwest MN (Mediacom’s Flandreau-area systems in MN)
- Lincoln County: Ivanhoe, Lake Benton, Tyler
- Murray County: Fulda, Hadley, Slayton
- Nobles County: Worthington
- Pipestone County: Pipestone, Trosky
- Rock County: Luverne
Southeast SD (Mediacom’s Flandreau-area systems in SD)
- Bookings County: Aurora, Brookings, Bruce, Elkton, Volga, White
- Hamlin County: Castlewood, Estelline, Hayti, Lake Norden
- Kingsbury County: Arlington, De Smet, Lake Preston
- Moody County: Colman, Egan, Flandreau