Fiber Internet Project Update
NOW is the Time to Sign Up (saving costly line charges later)
The MLEC/CTC fiber project is ongoing and we’re hard at work getting ready to break ground later this summer. We are NOW signing up members in our Phase I area for this new service called XStream fiber. Contact our office for information and the contract.
Check to see if your address is in the Phase I fiber area. Click the XStream logo, enter your address and answer a few questions. It's easy. If you are not in the project build area, you can still express interest for future expansion on this site.
If you are interested in receiving XStream Internet and live in the Phase I area, it is very important that you commit to a 2-year contract and pay a $50 one-time connection. By doing this now, you will ensure that you will have fiber installed to your home using grant funds. If you choose to wait, charges after construction may range from $3-8 per foot, depending on each individual situation. We cannot stress enough how important it is to get signed up as part of this grant project. Even if you ‘re not an Internet user, consider your home’s resale if it had Fiber to the Home (FttH).
According to Sandelands Realtor, Laurie Simonson “Many buyers in today’s real estate market have a “need for speed”. With telecommuting becoming an increasing way of life, quality high speed Internet could potentially help homeowners achieve a larger buyer pool, quicker sale, and possibly add to their home value.”
Stay tuned as plans develop. Follow us on Facebook, read our newsletter, check this website, or call us at 218-429-0433 or 800-497-5310.
MLEC is excited about this broadband endeavor! Stop by our office lobby and test for yourself the fiber connection we’ll be offering.
Phase 1 residents can find the fiber agreement here. Not sure if you're in the fiber service area? Contact our office.
Note: Map updated April 2017
Last month, President Trump released his proposed budget for 2018, with a number of suggested proposals affecting rural America. One of the proposals includes selling off transmission assets -- lines, structures, substations, etc. -- that belong to three of our country's four Power Marketing Administrations (PMAs). Co-ops in more than 20 states receive some allocation of power from those PMAs. If this proposal moves forward, it would affect many rural areas with potential rate increases and threaten the reliability of power co-ops rely on.
Please take a moment today to let your Senator know that selling off the PMA assets amounts to nothing more than a tax on rural America.
Some Senators have already announced their support of PMAs -- please thank them for their support.
Most Senators have not announced their support of PMAs -- please ask them to show their concern for rural America.