VentureBeat: Midco plans fixed wireless internet to reach rural and rugged areas

EXCERPT: “Fiber cables generally offer the fastest internet speeds, but broadband providers have spent years wringing their hands over running expensive cabling to rural areas with small customer bases. Thankfully, so-called fixed wireless hardware appears set to change that equation, as Midcontinent Communications (Midco) is now offering wireless internet service to historically underserved communities within the U.S.’s Upper Midwest region. Midco discussed its plans during Congressional testimony in Washington, D.C. (via FierceWireless), noting that most of the 342 communities it already serves have populations “closer to 500 than to 5,000” — a size that makes further network growth challenging. Between vast farms, harsh weather conditions, and terrain challenges, placing fiber cables in every corner of Kansas, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin isn’t economically feasible.” FULLSTORY: