HBCs FLIGHT Fiber Internet lights up multi-concert fiber network in Farmington, MN – Broadband Communities

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FARMINGTON, MN Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc, (HBC) has announced that multi-Gig in-flight fiber internet is now available in Farmington, MN. Construction of the first phase of HBC’s reliable Flight Fiber (FTTP) network in Farmington has been completed, providing high-speed Internet, TV and phone services to more than 1,500 homes and businesses in the city . HBC has committed $9 million so far to the project to reach 5,000 more Farmington residents and businesses by the end of the year.

HBC is proud to introduce Flight Fiber to its family of services. Flight Fiber is a 100% FTTP network and can deliver symmetrical multi-gig speeds of up to 10 gigabits. HBC President and CEO Dan Pecarina said the new infrastructure is a great investment for the community that offers many benefits, including the potential to grow to 100 gigabits and more in the near future.

Having access to HBC Flight Fiber’s fast, multi-Gig broadband network will have a huge impact on the community, Pecarina said. By using the latest fiber optic network technology, we offer symmetrical multi-gig connections of up to 10 Gigabits. One of our top priorities was to ensure local schools had access to the network during the first year of construction. Providing broadband access that will enable students to excel academically, businesses to thrive and grow, and enable economic improvements for the community are at the forefront of HBC’s commitment to Farmington.

Farmingtons city government offices are connected to HBC’s multi-Gigabit network, and WiFi connectivity will soon be available in city parks and recreation areas.

Farmington Mayor Joshua Hoyt said the city partnered with HBC to build its border-to-border community with fiber. Guarantee fiber access to all homes and shops in the city.

By reaching our underserved and underserved areas, new accessibility creates opportunities for connectivity and access. From remote learning to working from home, HBC will provide a service to better meet the needs of our residents, wherever they are, he said.

Part of the Farmington project also includes Internet access in 20 of the city’s 29 parks.

This free service for park-goers will provide an enhanced experience, including geocaching, augmented reality, access to park programs and more, Mayor Hoyt said. More specifically, free Wi-Fi access in our parks will ensure that all residents have access to Wi-Fi. We are grateful for HBC and this opportunity and look forward to better serving the needs of our residents.

As part of its commitment to the Farmington community, HBC has opened a regional store in town to support new customers. The office has team members for customer service, technical support and installation of the service.

One of the things we think sets us apart from other providers is our commitment to customer service, Pecarina said. We believe it’s important that our customers can actually talk to someone, face to face.

About HBC

Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Winona, MN, Hiawatha Broadband Communications, Inc. (HBC), a Schurz Communications company, provides industry-leading telecommunications services to communities in southeastern Minnesota and west-central Wisconsin. HBC builds and operates fiber to the premises (FTTP) networks as well as providing wireless broadband to underserved rural areas. The company has 100 employees, with eight local offices serving more than 30 communities.

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