2021 Mediacom Extension Projects

Mediacom was awarded the Border to Border Broadband Development grant for build out to areas of Minnetrista. 

The Minnetrista project will consist of 3 separate build outs: 

(1) Ox Yoke Circle on the North side of Minnetrista

The Ox Yoke Circle extension leverages a recently completed grant project for Independence MN.  Mediacom built 7.55 miles of fiber to the home to service 105 rural Independence residences in 2020.  Plans were made to continue extending along this route into Northern Minnetrista via Ox Yoke Circle

(2) Northview Drive just up the road from City Hall

The Northview Drive extension will provide service to 9 homes along Northview Drive on up to the Southern edge of Whale Tail Lake.

(3) Farmhill Road between St. Bonifacious and Six Mile Creek

The Farmhill Road extension will provide service to 49 homes along Farmhill Road and Halstead drive which connects St. Bonifacius to Minnetrista along Six Mile Creek to the far Western edge of Lake Minnetonka.

To see if your address is included in this build out, click here.

Estimated Schedule:

Overall Timeline for ProjectStart DateComplete Date

February 2021December 2021
Individual Milestones for ProjectEst. Start DateEst. Complete Date

Final Design Review-Pre Construction Walkout, Material Procurement, Plant Construction

February 2021September 2021
Testing and Customer Turn-Up ActivitiesSeptember 2021December 2021

Project Updates:

Project Update September 4, 2021  

Mediacom now has proposed excavation flags & white paint on the ground at Ox Yoke Circle Minnetrista.  Locates will begin in this area.

Here’s a simple guide to what their white flags are for.  They need these markers and flags to remain until they complete the excavation.

  • 2 white flags with a square or circle denote fiber optic pedestal placements
  • 1 white flag or white stripe indicates proposed excavation for underground conduit installation, roadway or driveway crossings and lateral runs

Mediacom will be in the area again and this week if necessary wheeling out footages from the pedestal locations to the power meters at side of residents’ homes.  They need to correctly estimate the drop footage needed for each address.  This will allow them to pre-order the correct drop lengths for every house that wishes to be installed.

The construction crews will be working in the area next week installing conduit and placing pedestals.  The taps that go inside the pedestals will be installed at a later date.  They will be installed inside the pedestals and the fiber optic cables will be fusion spliced at the taps.  Once that work is complete they will be ready to “light up” residential locations, but we can begin pre-ordering once the pedestals are set!

Project Update August 27, 2021

What can residents expect in the coming weeks?  

Expected Activities Along Roadways:


  • Contractors will be working in the Ox Yoke Circle / CR 92 area putting in mainline fiber conduits starting the week of September 6th


  • Contractors will be working in the Halstead Drive / Farmhill Drive area putting in mainline fiber conduits starting the week of September 13th


Expected Activities Along Property Boundaries:


Above-ground fiber optic pedestal locations along road right of way and/or property lines will be staked (white paint lathe) and/or flagged (white circles + white flags) in the coming weeks.  Mediacom technicians will be following the construction crews to measure distances from the above ground locations as staked/marked to the power entry points on the outside of each home.  


This work is necessary to provide accurate estimates of fiber optic cable service drop length from the side of customers’ homes to the above ground pedestal locations.  Mediacom personnel while have safety vests on with identification cards on display.  Please allow them to access your property to capture these proposed utility measurements.


Mediacom is not ready to take sales orders at this time.  We expect them to be ready to take pre-sale orders by the end of September. 

March 15, 2021- 

Mediacom’s engineering contractor, CCI Systems of Iron Mountain MI, will have a “fielder” in the Minnetrista system next week.  This person will be working in the grant-awarded areas to draw up pathways for underground fiber routes, above ground pedestal placements, and estimating service drop length to customers’ homes.

This contractor will be outfitted with high-visibility PPE, and will have a measuring wheel.

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