Midco Broadband Expansion Project

At the City Council meeting on February 7, 2022, the City Council approved an agreement with Midcontinent Communications (Midco) for the build out of broadband services for 495 homes in the City of Minnetrista. 

There has been a gap in the availability of reliable high speed internet service in the City of Minnetrista which has been exacerbated by the COIVD-19 pandemic. The Council made it a top priority to find solutions to fill this gap in essential service. 

On January 3, 2022, Midco proposed to construct facilities and provide reliable high speed internet service to 495 homes to fill the broadband availability gap in the city. The proposal includes an estimated total construction cost $2.57 million. The City Council approved a local contribution of $400,000, using a portion of the American Rescue Plan Act funds received from the Federal Government earmarked for municipalities to invest in broadband infrastructure.

The agreement will provide nearly 500 Minnetrista homes with increased speeds of up to 5 gigabit per second downloads and 2 gigabit per second uploads by July 1, 2023, although we are hopeful that the project will be significantly completed by December 31, 2022. The city is excited to get this project underway!

What is the cost to the customer? 

Midco offers month to month contracts for fiber internet service. Their most popular speed packages begin at $49.99-$99.95 per month with several tiers in between. They also offer higher tiers of service which is more geared towards businesses versus residential, but is offered to everyone. They also participate in the Affordable Connectivity Program and offer a basic, low cost option starting at $14.95 per month. 

Project Updates:

Update October 14, 2022

Midco's construction teams have been out in the field making sure they are set with construction before frost! Underground construction has been progressing very nicely and they have about 18% of the total footage of the project complete, which is on schedule. Once they are done with the underground construction, they will begin fiber splicing followed by activation. There has been some supply chain delays in receiving fiber taps needed, but so far, Minnetrista has not been greatly impacted. Due to the addition to the project approved and supply chain delays, they expect to activate customers in early 2023 and hope to have all customers serviceable by March 2023. 

For additional information, please visit https://midco.com/about/service-areas/minnetrista/ or contact manager Melissa Wolf at Melissa.Wolf@midco.com. 

Update August 17

Midco's crews will be heading to Minnetrista next week to begin construction. The construction will be slower to start but we anticipate it to ramp up after Labor Day when the rest of the crews are on site! For additional information, please visit https://midco.com/about/service-areas/minnetrista/

Update July 20, 2022:

The City Council approved an extension to this project to include 20 additional homes on Dutchview Road, Woodedge Road, and Westedge Blvd area. See the updated maps and addresses under "Helpful Links" to see if your home is included in this project.  

Update March 22, 2022: Tentative Project Schedule

Project MilestoneEstimated StartEstimated Complete
Permits AcquiredJanuary, 2022March, 2022
Contractor Selected February, 2022March, 2022
Project Final Design CompletedMarch, 2022April, 2022
Purchase and Receive MaterialsApril, 2022August, 2022
Construction of PlantAugust, 2022November, 2022
Test and Activation of SystemNovember, 2022December, 2022
Begin Customer InstallationDecember, 2022February, 2023

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