Midco is furthering its mission to bring broadband services to areas of Minnesota that are unserved or underserved. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for Sept. 16 in which the City and Midco will celebrate the communications company’s expansion of its Internet services.
“I’m impressed with the expediency in which Midco has implemented its Internet expansion in Scandia. From the award of the grant at the end of January, Midco is on schedule to complete this project by the end of October,” said Scandia City Council Member Patti Ray. “I’m also grateful to Midco adding even more homes to the project. This shows what a good corporate partner Midco is to Scandia. The City looks forward to working with Midco on future expansions because it takes a strong government/corporate partnership to cover the costly installation of high-speed Internet in rural Scandia.”
“This is a major accomplishment for the citizens of Scandia, and they have found a great partner in Midco,” said Representative Bob Dettmer, who represents Scandia. “Access to reliable, high-speed Internet has long been a concern for our residents, and I am proud to have been able to play a role in bringing the city and Midco together to make it happen.”
In January, Midco was awarded a grant through the Border-to-Border Broadband Development Grant Program, allowing the communications company to expand services in five different parts of Scandia.
The broadband network project will improve access to critical e-learning applications and health care resources enable telecommuting options for residents and make businesses and city institutions more efficient. Midco's high-speed broadband connection will exceed Minnesota's 2026 speed goal.
The ribbon cutting will be at 12 p.m. in the Hay Lake Picnic Shelter. After the ceremony, Midco will have a booth at the Scandia ‘s Farmers Market and will be giving tote bags from 3:30-6:30 p.m.
From 6-7 p.m., at the Lilleskogen Park Children’s Story Path, there will be eight stories written by Scandia children about how they or their family uses the Internet. All eight finalists will receive $50 from Midco and the top vote winner’s classroom will receive $200 from Midco.
In addition, from 6-7 p.m., Midco will sponsor 250 Meisterburger meals to go (one per person).