Border-to-Border Broadband Grant helps Mediacom extend fiber network to Fountain

BLUFF COUNTRY NEWSPAPER GROUP

Mediacom Communications announced it has built more than seven miles of fiber optic cable connecting the homes and businesses of Fountain to its Fillmore County broadband network.

By mid-December, Mediacom will activate the new portion of its network to deliver advanced telecommunication services, including robust one-gigabit-per-second internet speeds that are up to 40 times faster than the minimum broadband definition set by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

The project was made possible by a Border to Border Broadband Development Grant provided by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).

Through this public/private partnership, DEED allocated funds to pay for up to 48-percent of the $400,000 network construction cost. Mediacom’s capital investment covered the remaining 52-percent of the project to create Fountain’s first facilities-based broadband network and makes gigabit internet speeds available to residents and businesses throughout the community.

Mediacom has been a longtime service provider in the Fillmore County communities of Canton, Chatfield, Lanesboro, Mabel, Peterson, Preston, Rushford and Spring Valley. With the addition of Fountain, 183 mid-sized and smaller communities throughout Minnesota are now connected to Mediacom’s fiber-rich broadband network.

“We congratulate Mediacom for launching expanded service to the community of Fountain,” said DEED Commissioner Shawntera Hardy. “Next generation broadband services are important to the future of every Minnesota community. We thank you for your partnership in helping to close the remaining gaps.”

Mediacom Area Operations Director Zach Raskovich explained that typical consumers today use more than a dozen internet-connected devices in their homes for everything from voice-activated assistants and Alexa-enabled appliances, to home monitoring and security products. 

“Consumers increasingly depend on their devices 24/7, with a nearly constant connection to multiple smartphones and laptops,” Raskovich said. “We’ve seen a huge increase in demand for bandwidth, but Mediacom stays ahead of it with faster internet speeds and powerful in-home WiFi. That’s why it’s exciting to see that residents in Fountain will now have access to a true broadband service so they, too, can take full advantage of a connected home or workplace.”

Mediacom offers services for both residential and business settings, including phone service, home automation and monitoring, TiVO video recording, high-speed in-home WiFi, and broadband service with a range of speed options from 60 Mbps to 1-Gig.

Fountain residents will have an opportunity to get a hands-on experience with the products during a community open house to be scheduled in the coming weeks. Mediacom operates a technical support center and signal processing center (headend) in Chatfield. A six-state regional operations office is located in Waseca.