Faster internet speeds coming to Mankato, North Mankato

Published: Jul. 22, 2021 at 6:26 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 22, 2021 at 7:22 PM CDT
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MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) - Good news for internet users in our area, two of the area’s main broadband providers are both upping internet speeds for its customers.

Spectrum increases its download speeds from 100 to 200 megabits in Mankato and surrounding areas.

“Fast, reliable connectivity is more important than ever and with this speed increase, Spectrum customers will have even more speed for distant learning, working remotely and staying in touch with families and friends,” said Kimberly Noetzel of Spectrum Senior Communications.

Spectrum says the faster speeds are available now to new customers and the company will automatically increase speeds for current residential customers in the coming weeks.

In an effort to close the local digital divide, Consolidated Communications also brings faster speeds to its customers through its fiber rollout.

Upgrading about 5000 homes in North Mankato and Mankato to fiber optic cable from its traditional copper wire cable.

“This will enable high-speed gigabit symmetrical speeds to these customers homes and small businesses. We are seeing a drastic increase in the demand for bandwidth across the country, especially here in Southern Minnesota where we call home, Mankato is such a special we are excited to bring these faster speeds to our customers,” said Consolidated Communications Senior Director of Operations, Ryan Walker.

The rollout is part of Consolidated’s plan to upgrade more than 70% of its service to fiber optics by 2025.

Since last year, Broadband continues to be a hot topic... with the pandemic shedding light on the importance of broadband accessibility and speed inequalities, especially for rural areas.

“The American Jobs Plan that we are working to pass includes significant resources to expand broadband, and also make it more affordable. There’s got to be broadband that really works and that is at the speeds that people really need to do so they can get done what they need to get done for their health care, businesses and schools,” said Sen. Tina Smith (D-Minn.).

In addition, Gov. Tim Walz recently announced a $70 million two-year plan to expand broadband statewide with the Border to the Border grant program.

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