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Midcontinent Communications Expanding Service to Fargo

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Midcontinent Communications will now be bridging the gap between Moorhead and West Fargo by providing services in Fargo and bringing 30-40 more jobs to the area.

Midcontinent Communications announced the $55 million decision to provide Internet, cable and phone services to 50,000 Fargo homes this morning.

"We've made the final decision to come into Fargo and provide all of our services," says Midcontinent Communications President and CEO Pat McAdaragh. 

The company has been in West Fargo and Moorhead for years and now feels it's the right time to come to Fargo.

"We really wanted to see how the market responded and how we did in those other two communities to see how we were going to project into this community," he says.

After applying for a franchise with the City of Fargo in the next few days, Midcontinent prepares for construction when the snow melts.

"We anticipate it will take about four years to complete, although the majority will be done in three," says McAdaragh.

Midcontinent will extend an existing fiber optic backbone to neighborhoods in Fargo.

"It is a disruptive process. I think we've gotten good at it through the years. It'll be a real collaboration with the City of Fargo," he says.

Cable One General Manager Scott Geston says times are changing and there is more competition, but they plan to stick to their business model and don't anticipate any changes.

We asked what Fargo thought:

"If the price is cheaper, I would switch. If it's the same stuff, if it's the same amenities with that service, I would switch over definitely," says Mike Ihringer

"It also depends how well the quality is too. You don't want a TV that's going in and out with your cable service," says Megan Felix

"I think it's probably a good idea. I think it's nice to have competition to kind of create that checks and balance of prices for the consumer," says Janessa Vandeen

Midcontinent plans to sign up their first customers next fall. If you live in an apartment building, Midcontinent will be working with individual apartment managers.

If you're wondering about pricing between Cable One and Midcontinent... They are pretty similar: According to the websites for each company, a basic cable and Internet bundle at Cable One would cost you about $89 a month. At Midcontinent, the basic cable and Internet bundle will set you back about $83.


 

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Midcontinent Communications made the major announcement Tuesday morning that they are expanding their service to Fargo.  Company President and CEO, Pat McAdaragh, announced that Midcontinent Communications will begin construction throughout Fargo this spring and plans to connect their first customers in the fall of 2014.

Midcontinent is a cable television, Internet and cable telephone service provider based in Sioux Falls, S.D. currently provides services to Moorhead and West Fargo along with some businesses in Fargo.

"Considering the growth and opportunities available, combined with the number of requests we've received, the time is right for Midcontinent® to focus our resources and expand our service area to include Fargo," McAdaragh stated.

In early October, as Cable One was embroiled in its latest contract dispute - this time with Turner Broadcasting - explains Tom Simmons, the company's senior vice president of public policy.

In a news release from Midcontinent Communication Tuesday morning, the communications manager explains the services Fargo businesses and residents will soon be able to connect with.  He describes Midcontinent's expansive fiber-optic Northern Plains Network and its state-of-the-art data, video and voice services, as well as wholesale transport services.

In addition, Midcontinent offers cable advertising services for businesses.  The network will be a combination of fiber-to-the-premise and fiber-deep technologies with the flexibility to provide customers with data speeds ranging from 5Mbps to 10Gbps.

Pending necessary regulatory approval by the city, the company is scheduled to start construction as soon as the ground thaws in the spring of 2014 and plans to connect residential and business customers over 4 years as construction progresses.  Customers can visit http://www.midcocomm.com/fargo to pre-register for services and learn about the status of construction plans.

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