Midcontinent Communications has launched MidcoNet Xstream Wideband, an enhanced Internet service, to more than 250,000 customers across the Upper Midwest. Upgrades to digital cable and DOCSIS 3.0 have allowed Midcontinent to expand capacity and deliver up to 100 Mbps downloads and 15 Mbps uploads. Midcontinent also added ESPN3.com as part of the upgrade.
The conversion from a combination of analog and digital cable to all-digital cable cleared the way for data expansion. By adopting channel bonding technology, Midcontinent also created eight times the space previously available for data. Speeds of up to 300 Mbps now flow into individual neighborhoods.
Three new tiers of service are available:
- Up to 100 Mbps downloads and 15 Mbps uploads;
- Up to 50 Mbps downloads and 10 Mbps uploads;
- Up to 30 Mbps downloads and 5 Mbps uploads.
Additionally, ESPN3.com, ESPN’s 24/7 broadband sports network, is available at no cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet service from Midcontinent.
"The demand for streaming online content is skyrocketing," said Pat McAdaragh, president and CEO of Midcontinent Communications, in a statement. "The rate of Internet usage increased 116 percent last year and has increased more than 300 percent since 2009. MidcoNet Xstream Wideband delivers both the speed and capacity to meet customers’ needs."
Midcontinent Communications provides cable TV, telephone and broadband Internet for approximately 250,000 residential and business customers throughout the Dakotas and Minnesota.