A Mid-Year Check in for Business Customers
Here’s a look back at the past year at Arvig, and a glance at what’s ahead
Arvig services are used every day by nearly 20,000 businesses. From the small-town shop using our local phone service to the high-rise relying on our fiber network, Arvig proudly serves businesses of all sizes across a service area of more than 9,000 square miles. Arvig makes a point of understanding our customers’ diverse range of needs, so we can offer the versatile business-level services your business demands.
We wanted to use the blog space this week to give you a broad overview of what’s been happening around the company during the past year or so, and also give you a glimpse of what’s in the works. As always, thanks for reading.
At Arvig, we have first-hand knowledge that technology plays a major role in growing, succeeding and staying competitive in business. As a result, we know our customers have a diverse range of needs, and that’s why Arvig offers versatile business services to match your demands.
To meet the advancing needs of our commercial customers, we’ve been growing too.
Arvig’s high-speed network now spans more than 10,000 route miles. It’s grown significantly in the past year as we deepen our presence in the metro areas of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Rochester, St. Cloud and Duluth, and expand out of state into Nebraska and Illinois.
With newly established connections to major data centers in Minnesota, Nebraska and Illinois, Arvig now has the capacity to reach more businesses in the state and beyond. Arvig’s data center partners are Flexential, 511 Building, DataBank of Edina and Eagan, Involta in Duluth, One Neck, Cyxtera, US Internet, Monticello (Fibernet) and Vaultas in St. Cloud and Alexandria. In Nebraska, we connect to the 1623 Farnam data center in the Omaha area and the 350 Cermak Road data center in Chicago.
Here in Minnesota, we continue to invest in our existing network and improve service offerings and speeds in our communities, including those in rural areas. A wider reaching network and faster internet speeds increases our ability to bring the best possible service to more businesses.
Rural broadband work
Arvig is in the third year of a 10-year effort to expand and improve broadband access in rural Minnesota. In 2017, Arvig elected to accept a share of funding from the FCC’s Alternative Connect America Cost Model program, with the goal of bringing internet speeds of at least 25Mbps download and 3Mbps upload to rural areas in the Arvig service region. Upgrade efforts will center on Walker, Nevis, New York Mills, Eden Valley and Watkins in 2019, improving or bringing faster internet, phone, television and business service to those areas.
With continued investment in network improvements we also updated our cable modem areas to DOCSIS 3.1, a hybrid fiber-coaxial service, and now provide up to a Gig of internet in the communities of Park Rapids, Mahnomen, Sauk Centre, Battle Lake, Henning and Hawley with plans to continue the upgrades in more than a dozen additional communities this year.
Our focus is on smart and sustainable growth, Arvig is strongly positioned to provide business and enterprise customers with reliable services on a fast, stable and growing network.
Our business wouldn’t be possible without you, our customer. We look forward to continuing to deliver the data, voice and networking solutions you rely on to get your work done, not only today, but as your needs change in the future.
Interested in helpful resources for your business? Check out the content library at arvigbusiness.com. Under the Support tab on the homepage, you’ll find a growing resource center with free whitepapers, case studies, product sheets and infographics for download. There’s also a deep back catalog of our weekly blogs. We’re always adding new content throughout, so check back often.