April 7, 2016 – Sioux Falls, SD: Midco® has extended its fiber-optic network reach to more locations in Minnesota through a cooperative relationship with Arvig®. The arrangement will help Midco Business customers take advantage of growing opportunities to reach Minnesota communities, such as Duluth, Marshall, the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area, Rochester, St. Cloud and more.
The Northern Plains Network™ already spans 8,400 fiber route miles throughout Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota. It is now connected to the Arvig network through multiple interconnect points, which adds 4,000 fiber route miles available as Type 2 network extensions.
“We’ve heard increased interest from our current and prospective customers about wanting to make more connections to cities and towns that Arvig covers. This relationship allows those businesses the chance to still have Midco as their single point of contact – even if they want to connect off the Midco core network in this region,” says Scott Smidt, Vice President of Business Engineering and Operations at Midco.
“Our relationship with Midco is mutually beneficial,” said Dave Schornack, Arvig’s Director of Business Development. “We look forward to working with Midco to provide connections to customers who are growing and expanding their business networks.”
Because Midco has certified the Arvig network, business customers needing various fiber and networking solutions in the Arvig geographic area will still receive the same service level commitments and reliability they expect from Midco Business and its core network. As a result, these customers can enjoy simplified due diligence as they extend their reach throughout the Upper Midwest.
Established in 1950, Arvig has grown from a small, family-owned telephone company to one of the largest independent full-service telecommunications providers in the nation. Arvig continually reinvests in technology and network operations to continuously deliver next-generation communication services to businesses in Minnesota and North Dakota. In addition to traditional telecom services Arvig also provides network cabling, security systems, managed voice solutions, telecom and utility construction, answering services and a full suite of digital media services.