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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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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