New Forge North Council Brings Together Local Leaders to Fuel Growth

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Forge North Leadership Council

Forge North, a strategic initiative of the Greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul region’s economic development partnership, has announced the formation of a new leadership council to help accomplish their ambitious 2030 goal of making the Greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul region the best place for people from every background to start and scale ventures that build wealth by solving global challenges.

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Clearfield Scales Operations, R&D Facilities In North America

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“MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Clearfield, Inc. (NASDAQ:CLFD), the specialist in fiber management for communication service providers, today announced that it is increasing its manufacturing warehouse space, creating a dedicated, secure research and development lab, and expanding its manufacturing operations to meet the increasing demand for its products created by wireless and FTTx roll outs.”

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FCC Rejects Investigation Of Frontier’s Business Practices in Minnesota

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“Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai has rejected a request to have the FCC investigate Frontier Communications’ business practices in Minnesota, despite evidence that the company has failed to properly maintain its telecom network.

An investigation by the Minnesota Commerce Department already found that Frontier’s network has “frequent and lengthy” phone and Internet outages, that Frontier has failed to provide refunds or bill credits to customers even when outages lasted for months, that Frontier is guilty of frequent billing errors that caused customers to pay for services they didn’t order, and that it has failed to promptly provide telephone service to all customers who request it. When we wrote about the investigation in January, Frontier said it “strongly disagrees” with the findings but did not dispute any of the specific allegations.”

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Minneapolis Has 5G Wireless Network — Barely

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Via Star Tribune (Did They Disclose? No)

“Minneapolis is at the leading edge of cellphone technology for the first time. Barely. But it is.

Just as tens of thousands of people were descending on Minneapolis for the Final Four last week, the city became one of the first places in the world to have a fifth-generation, or 5G, wireless network. Data travels four to 10 times faster on 5G than on the 4G networks that have been around about a decade.”

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Frontier, Recipient Of Over $100m In Grants, Is Under Investigation In MN

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Via Star Tribune

“Frontier Communications has received over $100 million in federal grants to improve rural broadband in Minnesota over the past four years, yet complaints about its internet service suffuse a state investigation of the company.

Minnesota regulators last year commissioned an inquiry into Frontier after fielding numerous complaints. In January, the Minnesota Department of Commerce issued a report concluding Frontier may have broken at least 35 state laws and failed its customers with shoddy service and inadequate network investment.”

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Minnesota AG Swanson Is Suing Comcast / Xfinity For Fraud and Deception

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Via Minnesota Lawyer

“Minnesota’s attorney general sued Comcast/Xfinity on Friday, alleging that the company has overcharged thousands of consumers for cable TV packages, charged them for unordered equipment and services, and failed to deliver on promised Visa gift cards.

Attorney General Lori Swanson said it took her office more than two years to investigate the case because Comcast failed to cooperate. She also pointed out that Comcast started doing business as Xfinity several years ago, which Swanson contends was an attempt to get away from its low national customer approval ratings.”

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Arvig Announces 200 Mile Fiber Extension North Of Twin Cities

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“PERHAM, Minn., Oct. 25, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Arvig, a Minnesota-based broadband service provider, is extending its fiber network from Forest Lake to Duluth and the Involta Data Center. This project will expand Arvig’s service for commercial businesses in the area, increase wireless backhaul capabilities, and provide better coverage to parts of rural Minnesota.”

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Fond Du Lac Indians Are Creating Their Own Broadband Provider

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Via Star Tribune

“Providing high-speed internet in rural Minnesota today is as vital as providing rural electricity was some 80 years ago, said Jason Hollinday, planning director for the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa.

That’s why the band has taken the unusual step of creating its own broadband company to provide fiber-optic internet service throughout its reservation, about 20 miles west of Duluth.”

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