Midco has now announced its Fiber Forward program, an investment that uses the company’s fiber network and next-generation fiber technology to bring 10 Gigabit (10G) speeds to Lawrence, Kansas and surrounding communities.
Over the next few years, more than 65,000 homes and businesses in Kansas will benefit from the futureproof $30 million investment, announced the operator.
“Fiber Forward is an investment in Kansans. This transformative fiber upgrade will benefit the many folks we serve,” said Midco president and COO Tom McAdaragh. “It will provide fast symmetrical speeds, low latency, unmatched reliability and rock-solid security. Telehealth professionals, online learners, entrepreneurs, gamers and so many more will benefit from Fiber Forward.”
Midco said the Fiber Forward program will begin this year in the cities of Basehor, Eudora and Lawrence to deliver fiber upgrades, enhanced product offerings and increased performance.
The operator contends that the Fiber Forward initiative will lead to improved economic development, education and quality of life in Kansas.
"Education is part of Lawrence’s fabric. From higher education to preschool, broadband is essential for learning,” said Lawrence Mayor Courtney Shipley. “This investment from Midco will help make broadband more accessible for all learners and continue to close the digital divide.”
The company’s Fiber Forward announcement comes on the heels of its five-year anniversary in Kansas. During that time, Midco has partnered with the Douglas County Boys & Girls Club, Just Food and the Lawrence Public Library, lifting up valued programming and supporting important community needs. Midco is also a sponsor of KU Athletics.
The fiber network upgrade is expected to be completed by the end of 2025.