Arvig announced that it has finalized an agreement to purchase a fiber network that serves about 130 businesses in the city of Alexandria, Minnesota. Arvig has acquired the network from ALP Utilities, a community-owned municipal utility that provides residential and commercial electric and water services to the Alexandria area.
Headquartered in Perham, Minnesota, Arvig is a local, employee-owned broadband and full-service telecommunications provider to customers throughout the region. The company provides transport services, Ethernet, internet, television, telephone and other broadband services, and maintains more than 15,500 miles of fiber throughout Minnesota.
In a deal finalized Jan. 18, Arvig will assume ownership and management of the ALP Utilities Alexandria network, which includes 77 route miles of fiber throughout the city, and another 13 miles of conduit. Arvig will retain all of the network’s existing business customers and said it will continue to provide routine services without interruption.
The network greatly expands Arvig’s presence in the Alexandria area and in the state's Douglas County. Arvig and ALP Utilities say they expect a seamless transition and customers can count on the same high-quality service as before. Arvig said it will notify customers about the transition and provide further details about support.
According to a press release, ALP partnered with Runestone Electric Association to build the network in the late 1990s, starting with dial up service and later expanding into fiber for local businesses.
Ted Cash, ALP Utilities GM, commented:
“ALP is excited about this transition as Arvig will be able to increase service to the City of Alexandria. Arvig shares our commitment to providing affordable and reliable service to the City of Alexandria and the surrounding region. This makes Arvig the ideal organization to take our valued customers to the next level of high-end technology.”
David Arvig, VP and COO at Arvig, concluded:
“Fiber is at the core of everything we do. This purchase aligns perfectly with our strategic priorities to grow our presence in the Alexandria area and it positions us to provide the same high quality fiber services to both business and residential customers.”