Mankato’s Neutral Path Communications Bought By Boulder-Based Zayo

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“BOULDER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Zayo Group Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: ZAYO) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of substantially all of the assets of Neutral Path Communications and Near North Partners.

The acquisition adds 452 owned route miles, plus additional leased route miles, to Zayo’s extensive North American network, including a unique, high-count fiber route from Minneapolis to Omaha. The fiber footprint provides Zayo with three owned diverse fiber routes out of Minneapolis, Chicago and Omaha.”

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Clearfield Acquires Product Portfolio from Calix

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“MINNEAPOLIS — February 21, 2018 — Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ: CLFD), the specialist in fiber management and connectivity platforms for communications providers, has acquired a portfolio of Telcordia certified outdoor powered cabinet products from Calix, Inc. (NYSE: CALX) for a total consideration of $10.35 million in cash, in addition to the assumption of related warranty obligations as well as certain purchase commitments. The purchase price was paid with Clearfield’s available cash.”

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The NFL and US Bank Stadium Are Ready To Make Digital History

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By Teena Maddox, Tech Republic

“It’s not just the brutally cold weather that could make history in Minneapolis during Super Bowl 52 on Sunday. The NFL expects football fans to surpass all previous data usage during the big game, with key moments such as the kickoff between the Philadelphia Eagles and the New England Patriots, and Justin Timberlake’s halftime show to result in huge amounts of photo and video uploads to social media.”

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AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile Will Temporarily Boost Speeds In The Twin Cities For Super Bowl 52

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“In November, AT&T shared its plans to launch its “5G Evolution” network — which isn’t true 5G — in select areas of Minneapolis as part of its overall plan to boost cellular coverage in the city during Super Bowl LII. This week, three of the major United States cellular carriers — AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile — each outlined their own plans to ensure that customers retain quality coverage in the Twin Cities on the weekend of February 4.”

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Minnesota’s Top Lawyer Joins 21 Others In Suing The FCC

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By Brian Heater, TechCrunch

“A lawsuit filed today by the attorneys general of 22 states seeks to block the Federal Communications Commission’s recent controversial vote to repeal Obama era Net Neutrality regulations.

The filing is led by New York State Attorney General Schneiderman, who called rollback a potential “disaster for New York consumers and businesses, and for everyone who cares about a free and open internet.”

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Broadband Group Wants Another $35 Million In Corporate Welfare

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By Jessie Van, Berkel Star Tribune

“Minnesota spent tens of millions of dollars expanding high-speed broadband internet in recent years, but nearly $1.4 billion in public and private investment is still needed to get access to all households, according to a state task force report.”

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Minnesota’s AG Joins In Lawsuit Over The Repeal Of Net Neutrality

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By Brian Bakst, Minnesota Public Radio

“Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson said she plans to join peers from other states in challenging federal rule changes to internet access.

Swanson told supporters in an email that she and other attorneys general would sue over the Federal Communications Commission’s recent decision to repeal the so-called net neutrality rule, which prevented service providers from blocking certain sites or setting rates based on content. The regulation was put in place in 2015.”

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Williams Sound To Broaden A/V Scope With Pointmaker Purchase

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“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE) — Williams Sound, a global designer and manufacturer of wireless communication technology, today announced that it has acquired Pointmaker, part of a new strategy to expand the Williams Sound product footprint beyond its traditional audio end markets.”

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Minnesota Based 3M Will Sell Fiber Optics Business Unit In $900m Cash Deal

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“(Reuters) – Gorilla Glass maker Corning Inc (GLW.N) said on Monday it would buy substantially all of 3M Co’s (MMM.N) communication markets business for about $900 million in cash.

3M’s unit provides optical fiber and copper passive connectivity solutions for the telecommunications industry and has annual global sales of about $400 million. The deal is part of New-York-based Corning’s plan to invest$1 billion-$3 billion in acquisitions, Corning said.”

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