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Published November 26, 2013, 06:08 PM

Fargo residents to have another cable carrier option in Midcontinent

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - For years, the city of Fargo has heard from frustrated television viewers who want more choices when it comes to their carrier.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - For years, the city of Fargo has heard from frustrated television viewers who want more choices when it comes to their carrier.

Today, an announcement that will change the TV and Internet landscape of the metro area.

Midcontinent says when the ground thaws next spring, it will begin expanding into Fargo.

It will be a phased in construction process, stretching over three to four years.

So this is a big day we have thought about for a long time.

TV viewers in Moorhead and West Fargo can already subscribe to Midcontinent.

But now add 50,000 Fargo homes to the mix.

The cost for Midco, estimated at $55 million dollars.

Pat Mcadaragh/Midcontinent CEO: “Whenever you do a project of this magnitude, we are going to be in every street going to homes so it is a disruptive process.”

Fargo is spread across 44 square miles.

For MidCo, that is a lot of door knocking, getting permission to dig and lay state of the art infrastructure.

But after years of rumors, MidCo says now is the time to move into the market.

We are a company that likes to do something right the first time, but the biggest hurdle is financial this is millions of dollars.

The city says Mid Continent will apply for a cable franchise and one city leader dispelled the myth the city had an exclusive with the city, not true.

Mike Williams/Fargo City Commissioner: “No such thing, it has never been an exclusive, no one has made the decision to make this large investment to overbuild the city.”

And the city of Fargo says MidCo will now apply for a Cable Franchise, and one city leader dispelled a myth that Fargo had an exclusive contract with Cable One, not true.

In addition to bringing another provider to town, MidCo promises to hire thirty to forty new employees. In an effort to get another player in the cable TV arena up and running in town.

Midcontinent is already service business customers in Fargo, and so the cable provider already has some infrastructure in place.

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