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Midcontinent joins DOCSIS 3.0 party

Mon, 06/29/2009 - 8:30am
Mike Robuck

Midcontinent Communications could well be the smallest cable operator yet to deploy a DOCSIS 3.0-enabled wideband service after it announced recently that faster speeds were available to residential and business subscribers in its west Fargo, N.D., and Sioux Falls, S.D., service regions.

“It’s been our legacy to make sure that the latest and best technologies are available to our customers in the Northern Plains,” said Midcontinent President and CEO Pat McAdaragh. “Launching D3 is just another example of our ongoing plan to bring advanced services like these not only to our larger cities, but also to the smaller communities that we serve.”

Midcontinent’s residential “MidcoNet Ultimate” speeds will allow up to 50 MB downloads and 5 MB uploads, while customers at all service levels, including residential and business, will see a speed increase.

Midcontinent’s DOCSIS 3.0 technology is available in the following areas:

  • South Dakota – Sioux Falls, Baltic, Crooks, Renner, Canton, Madison, Colton, Humboldt, Tea and Harrisburg
  • North Dakota – Casselton, Reiles Acres, Oxbow, west Fargo, Frontier, Arthur, Buffalo, Harwood, Horace, Hunter, Leonard and Mapleton
  • Minnesota – Sabin

Midcontinent will also be launching the faster speeds in Moorhead, Minn., when Midcontinent services are available beginning this summer. Other service areas will deploy the new service throughout 2009 and 2010.

According to the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, Midcontinent is the 18th-largest MSO in the nation.

Midcontinent, which Comcast and Midcontinent Media jointly own, provides triple-play services to its 220,000 customers, which are primarily located in South Dakota and North Dakota. Midcontinent also has customers in parts of Minnesota and Nebraska.

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