The Midco Foundation has awarded more than $100,000 to 69 nonprofits, schools and government organizations across the Midwest. These grant recipients have been recognized as positive changemakers in their 33 respective communities. The grants are part of an ongoing commitment to be a force for good in the communities that Midco serves.
Midco began construction in April to expand its high-speed wired broadband network to Greenfield, MN, which will connect more than 1,000 homes and businesses by the end of the year. Midco’s FTTP (Fiber-to-the-Premises) design will bring residents a best-in-class symmetrical, low-latency connection capable of up to 5 Gbps.
Reliable internet is synonymous with quality of life, so Midco is participating in the Federal Communications Commission’s Emergency Broadband Benefit program. The EBB program provides support for broadband services and certain devices to help low-income households stay connected during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through a partnership with the Connect SD Broadband program, Midco is bringing high speed broadband to underserved areas in rural Lincoln County. Midco was awarded $546,235 to deploy FTTP (fiber to the premises) service to 189 homes and 15 businesses in rural areas surrounding Tea and Harrisburg, SD.
Recently, Midco activated more than 200 additional miles of fiber to create a Northern Minnesota fiber ring that adds diverse network paths for both Ely and International Falls, protecting against fiber cuts and other unexpected disruptions of Internet and business connections.
Midco Sports Network has reached an agreement with the National Collegiate Hockey Conference to televise the quarterfinals of the NCHC Frozen Faceoff, which will take place on March 12-13 at Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
After three years of broadcasting Kansas Preps+, Jayhawk Gameday Live and countless games and highlights, Midco® has decided to discontinue MidcoSN® Kansas. The decision comes after assessing the local sports streaming climate as well as identifying some barriers to produce broadcasts.