Transforming the Midwest into the Silicon Prairie

  • Mediacom Business
MEDIACOM PARK, NY - America’s heartland is fast becoming a hub of new economic development, fueled by broadband expansion like Gigabit+ Fiber Solutions from Mediacom Business. Mediacom Communications provides broadband communications solutions through its Mediacom Business division.

Municipalities like Grimes, Iowa, located on the outskirts of Des Moines, are boasting about their high-tech capabilities to attract major corporations, revitalize existing businesses, and bring high-quality jobs to their community. To achieve these goals, the Grimes business community found a solution by connecting to the Mediacom Business fiber-optic network, according to Dan Templin, senior vice president, Mediacom Business.

“While companies like Google are touting their ability to build these networks, our fiber-optic network is already in place and delivering speeds of 1 Gbps and beyond," Templin said. "Mediacom Business customers of every size and scope are conducting their online business all-day, every day, over our proprietary, fiber-optic network.”

Templin cited the City of Grimes, Iowa as an example of Mediacom Business providing its Gigabit+ Fiber SolutionsTM to America’s heartland. “The City of Grimes, located on the outskirts of Des Moines, is home to about 400 businesses, primarily small and medium-sized companies,” according to Brian Buethe, executive director of the Grimes Chamber and Economic Development, a local membership organization dedicated to expanding the business community. “No matter the size of the company, one of the first questions they will ask in looking to locate here is about broadband capability. It’s critical they have scalable and reliable access, and we have the answer with partners like Mediacom Business,” Mr. Buethe said.

Bringing Gigabit Speeds to Rural America
Mediacom has set its sights on bringing fiber-based Internet speeds to rural America. “The Silicon Prairie is more than a concept. We’ve made it a reality,” said Templin. “Increasingly, Central Iowa is attracting attention from IT companies, web developers, call centers and data centers who demand the reliability, speed and redundancy of a high-capacity fiber network. We’re especially proud to be an industry leader in providing broadband connectivity to rural America, solely with private investment.”

Mr. Templin said the win-win partnership with the city of Grimes is reflective of similar Mediacom Business initiatives in other parts of the country. “Mediacom has invested more than $2.5 billion over the past ten years to provide 100 percent fiber-optic solutions to businesses, municipalities, schools, healthcare facilities, and other community anchor institutions.”

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