Mediacom upgrades to a Gig Northern Minnesota

The Hibbing Daily Tribune reports

The company [Mediacom] rolled-out its new technology of 1 Gig internet speeds in conjunction with a tour of its master headend facility in Hibbing Tuesday.

They describe the upgrade…

The company rolled-out its new technology of 1 Gig internet speeds in conjunction with a tour of its master headend facility in Hibbing Tuesday.

And a little bit about the technology…

Mediacom has offered the 1 Gig speed to business customers in recent years by extending fiber optic through an optical connection, but Tuesday’s launch now allows all customers — including residential — to receive the speed without fiber.
“It’s available over a regular cable television modem,” explained Jensen. “This will get them 1 gigabit per second download speeds and 50 megabit per second upload speeds.”
In other words, one could download an entire 2-hour HD movie in under a minute.

Mediacom also has a headend in Cloquet.
“But this Hibbing master headend is our largest facility on the Iron Range,” said Jensen, while explaining how the racks of digital network equipment provides the company’s video, internet and telephone service technologies.
He equated the facility to a wagon wheel.
“In the middle of the wheel is the hub, and that’s master headend. The spokes are the fiber optic lines and eventually the coaxial cable lines that to our customers,” he continued. “In this facility today we have high-tech fiber optic transmitters, receivers and lasers, which is probably a little more than $1.5 million in equipment here.”

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About Ann Treacy

I have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. I have been interested or involved in providing access to information through the Internet since 1994, when I worked for Minnesota’s first Internet service provider. I am pleased to be a part of the Blandin on Broadband Team. I also work with MN Coalition on Government Information, Minnesota Rural Partners, and the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

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