Midco this week announced that its Fiber Forward initiative is underway in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
The $25 million, five-year fiber-optic network build began this past fall. Most of the work will be completed within the next three years, said the operator.
Midco Chief Technology Officer Jon Pederson commented:
“Fiber Forward is our commitment to Grand Forks that we will use the best technology available for a great online experience now and into the future. Fiber optimizes our network for speed and reliability, using the power of light for streaming, gaming, work-from-home, online learning - really anything our customers want to keep them connected to the world."
More than 40,000 homes and businesses in Grand Forks will benefit from the future-proof fiber-optic network investment, says Midco. Customers can expect enhanced product offerings and increased in-home performance.
“We are grateful for Midco’s commitment to Grand Forks’ ever growing tech sector, as well as continuing to improve resident’s connectivity at home,” said Grand Forks Mayor Brandon Bochenski. “The Fiber Forward investment in Grand Forks is a clear signal that we are on the rise and an important piece of Midco’s future.”
At a Fiber Forward event in July, North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum said, “This major investment by Midco strengthens North Dakota’s status as one of the most connected states in the nation. High-speed broadband throughout our entire state has been a priority of our administration, and this infrastructure is an essential building block to keeping our communities connected through reliable, affordable internet. The Fiber Forward program will lead to improved economic development, education and quality of life in our communities. Midco knows that a strong, reliable network not only tightens our connection to each other, it connects our region with the world."
A strong corporate steward in Grand Forks, Midco notes it sponsors the University of North Dakota, the Alerus Center, and several non-profits including the Northlands Rescue Mission and St. Joseph’s Social Care.