Mankato-Based Neutral Path Communications Acquires Infinity Fiber

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Mankato, MinnesotaSeptember 25, 2017Neutral Path Communications, the Midwest’s premier provider of fiber optic transport facilities, announced today it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Infinity Fiber, LLC. The Infinity highly-coveted fiber network runs from Indianapolis to South Bend, before it jogs west to Chicago.”

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ConvergeOne Grows Via SPS Purchase

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“EAGAN, Minn., Aug. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — ConvergeOne, a leading IT services provider of collaboration and technology solutions, today announced that it has acquired Strategic Products and Services (“SPS”), a global, multivendor communication and networking managed service provider headquartered in New Jersey. Effective immediately, SPS is now SPS, a ConvergeOne Company. This acquisition solidifies ConvergeOne’s position as a leading provider of collaboration and IT enabled solutions in the market today.”

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DataBank Is Expanding Eagan Data Center

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“DataBank, Ltd., a Digital Bridge portfolio company and leading provider of business solutions for data center, cloud, interconnectivity, and managed services, announced a 15,000 sqft expansion of data center capacity for their premier Minneapolis/Saint Paul-area facility located in Eagan, MN. The completion of the site’s third data hall, scheduled to open in September, will increase the facility’s overall footprint to over 40,000 sqft of white-floor data center space.”

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Minnesota’s AG Sues CenturyLink

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“ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson is suing CenturyLink, alleging the internet provider is overbilling many Minnesota customers after quoting lower rates. Swanson filed the lawsuit in Anoka County District Court on Wednesday. The lawsuit argues that the Louisiana-based company has frequently charged residents higher monthly rates than they were quoted and refused to honor the lower price.”

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Minnesota’s Lake County Looks For Exit On Broadband Project

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By Lee Schafer, Star Tribune

“One of the biggest projects to bring broadband to rural areas has reached a crossroads with the decision by Lake County to try to sell its Lake Connections broadband operation to, well, anybody who will take it over and keep it going.

Sorry to cast doubt on the odds of a successful sale, but what has been learned so far about bringing broadband to this sparsely populated northeastern part of the state is that it sure won’t be easy. Getting the county out of the deal whole financially won’t be, either.”

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Not The Onion: Minnesotans Moving To Rural Areas Surprised By Lack Of Internet

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By Judy Keen, Star Tribune

“McGREGOR, MINN. – Casey Jelinski was sure it would be easy to run a graphic design company from her new home when she moved with her family to Aitkin County from the Twin Cities area a decade ago.  But internet speeds were shockingly slow. Sometimes it took hours to upload files to clients in China and Europe. She’d occasionally drive more than 60 miles to Duluth and check in at a hotel to work.”

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Mediacom Communications Begins Rollout of Gigabit Broadband In Rural Minnesota

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Screen Shot 2017-04-11 at 10.11.37 AM“MOUND, Minn. — Mediacom Communications today announced the company has begun launching 1 Gig Internet speeds within its expansive Minnesota service territory. As a result, residents and small businesses in over 80 cities and towns passed by Mediacom’s fiber-rich digital network are now able to enjoy download speeds that are up to 40 times faster than the minimum broadband definition set by the Federal Communications Commission.”

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[UPDATED] NUU Mobile Raises $50k Kickstarter For 4G LTE Global Wi-Fi Device

fTFKbUt8Nuu Mobile, a lesser known Rochester maker of unlocked Android devices, has taken to Kickstarter for a $50k crowdfunding campaign to launch the Konnect i1:

Updated 4/12/17- The company received $51,217 from 81 backers.

“The NUU Konnect i1 provides worldwide 4G LTE service at an affordable flat rate of USD $10/day for unlimited data. The award winning eSIM technology found in the Konnect i1 allows for up to 5 connected devices.

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