Midcontinent Communications is offering broadband tiers up to 100 Mbps across its entire footprint beginning today.

The company serves more than 250,000 customers across the Upper Midwest.

That 100 Mbps on the downstream will be coupled with upstream rates of 15 Mbps. The basic tier of MidcoNet Xstream Wideband will be 30 Mbps/5 Mbps – generous on the downstream compared with many of Midcontinent's peers' basic tiers, while the middle tier will be 50 Mbps/10 Mbps.

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The speed increases were enabled in part by DOCSIS 3.0 channel bonding and in part by converting from a combination of analog and digital cable to all-digital.

With DOCSIS 3.0, the company said, speeds of up to 300 Mbps now flow into individual neighborhoods, offering faster, more reliable Internet service.

"MidcoNet Xstream Wideband is ultimately a shift in technology," says Jon Pederson, vice president of technology at Midcontinent Communications. "Data expansion provides the capacity and speed necessary to view rich Internet content, from streaming video to online gaming, concurrently on multiple devices throughout the home."

Additionally, fans will now have access to, ESPN's 24/7 broadband sports network. It is available at no cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet service from Midcontinent.

"The demand for streaming online content is skyrocketing," says Pat McAdaragh, president and CEO of Midcontinent. "The rate of Internet usage increased 116 percent last year and has increased more than 300 percent since 2009. Speed is important, but with multiple devices connected to the Internet, capacity is essential. MidcoNet Xstream Wideband delivers both the speed and capacity to meet customers' needs."