Midco Broadband Investment
Helping Hometowns Thrive
Fast, reliable internet makes it possible for us to live and work where want – from large, bustling cities to one-stoplight towns. This is why Midco is investing in high-speed broadband using a hybrid approach that covers both our fiber coaxial network and our evolving fixed wireless infrastructure. It’s part of the Midco Edge OutSM strategy, where we “edge out” high-speed internet from our fiber backbone in urban areas – using fixed wireless technology.
Expanding Rural Broadband in Lake Country
Lake life is an idyllic fantasy for many of us – but for some people, it’s a reality. Businesses in these areas still need internet options that can keep up with the demands of daily commerce – and expanding rural broadband infrastructure in towns like Annandale, MN, means local economies can thrive.
"When school got out at 3 pm, our internet speeds dropped drastically. Doing credit card transactions was nearly impossible. Now, we can transact business much faster, and it’s very reliable."
– Marty Ferguson, Business Owner, Annandale, MN
Taking the Bull Out of Rural Internet
The Olson Hereford Ranch’s annual bull sale is one of the biggest days of the year for this family operation. And although the sale happens in rural North Dakota in February, Midco® Fixed Wireless Internet ensures online bidders can have the same access as if they were sitting in the bleachers.
"If we didn't have fixed wireless, we'd just be limited as to what we could do. It would be like trying to farm without having GPS or not having a tool in your toolbox."
– Carl Olson, Olson Hereford Ranch, Fargo, ND
Connecting the Countryside with Broadband Internet
Moving out of the city to a smaller town – like Scandia, MN – can feel like a leap of faith. The idea of slowing down is incredibly tempting, but what about the logistics? Can you make the same living, working the same job remotely? Is there reliable internet connectivity to support a VPN? In an increasing number of cases, the answers are yes.
"I've been able to telecommute for five years. I can start at 7 am, take a quick lunch and work until 5 pm. I can get in 10 hours easily and still have a work-life balance."
–Jeff Singer, IT Project Manager, Scandia, MN
"In a rural community with fewer people, it's nice having extra resources to lean on. The internet provides access to that."
– Hannah Anderson, Business Owner, Bemidji, MN
Bringing Broadband to Bemidji
The internet is our window to the world. If we’re able to get online, our geographic location becomes less of a factor when it comes to achieving our goals. Midco's Jordan Oelke knows this well, living and working in Bemidji, MN, which is closer to Canada than it is to the Twin Cities.