Moorhead, Minnesota gets citywide Wi-Fi

Moorhead Public Service (MPS) of Moorhead, Minnesota is rolling out a citywide wireless broadband network (GoMoorhead!) to provide wireless Internet access for $19.95 per month to residents. Businesses pay $24.95 per month. Customers can also lease ($5/month) or purchase ($150) a wireless bridge or access box if they have difficulty getting the wireless signal in their houses. MPS expects toMoorhead Public Service (MPS) of Moorhead, Minnesota is rolling out a citywide wireless broadband network (GoMoorhead!) to provide wireless Internet access for $19.95 per month to residents. Businesses pay $24.95 per month. Customers can also lease ($5/month) or purchase ($150) a wireless bridge or access box if they have difficulty getting the wireless signal in their houses. MPS expects to be able to deliver 1 Mbps symmetrical to each customer.

The network covers the entire 13 square miles of the community, which has 33,000 people, and will go live in July 2005. MPS says that many in the community were simply fed up with the high price of cable and DSL Internet service, so they decided to deliver what people wanted: cheap access.

“I don’t think the community can afford NOT to do this,” says Bob Swenson, Moorhead Public Service Commissioner. “The price point is right on for residential and business customers looking for reliable and affordable Internet service.”

The City of Moorhead is the largest Minnesota community west of the Twin Cities. MPS estimates that about 5,000 its households will sign up for the service along with some 600 or so smaller businesses that don’t need or can’t afford T-1 services. Small businesses can subscribe for GoMoorhead! Internet service for just $24.95 a month.

“I’ve been waiting for affordable broadband access here in Moorhead and can’t wait to utilize the network as soon as it’s operational,” said Brad Grosz, 45-year resident of Moorhead. “Residents and small businesses alike are tired of slow dial-up service and have been looking for an alternative to the expensive cable and DSL service that is available today.”

Moorhead’s network is using Tropos equipment. Twin-Cities based First Mile Wireless provided design, consultation, RF engineering, and support services to GoMoorhead! First Mile Wireless previously worked on Chaska, Minnesota’s citywide wireless broadband network, among others.

Moorhead Public Service is a customer-owned electric, water, and broadband utility, serving approximately 14,000 electric and nearly 10,000 water customers within a community of about 33,000. The Moorhead Public Service Commission is comprised of five customer-owners who govern the utility, approve the utility’s budget, and establish rates for our customers. MPS receives no tax dollars; instead, over $4 million in utility revenues are transferred annually to the City of Moorhead’s general, capital improvement, and economic development funds.

Comments

  1. Is this wireless service available city wide in Moorhead to the residential folks? I have a daughter in an apartment on 18th St S and would be very much interested in it for her ASAP. Please email with details, schoenie@paulbunyan.net.

    Thank you!

  2. Will this service reach into Fargo, ND at all? It would be great to be able to completely break free of the monopolized cable company.

  3. Tracy as far as I know the Wi-Fi service will be available to everyone residential and businesses in Moorhead. I just hope it can reach a little into Fargo, I am not far across the river.

  4. Considering the range of each transmitter is only about 2 blocks, I don’t think you’ll be able to get much of anything in Fargo. Coverage: http://www.gomoorhead.com/pdf/CoverageArea.pdf