Midcontinent Communications has one of the most interesting corporate profiles/histories of any company I’ve had the pleasure of doing research on. Most companies in the communications industry started life as either a Home Phone company or a Cable TV company.
Midcontinent however, started life in 1931 as a small state-of-the-art movie theater in Minnesota. Today, the company is headquartered in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and delivers Phone, Cable TV, and Internet services to more than 350 communities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota.
The Midcontinent Communications Websites Are Filled with Helpful Information
As I was looking through the two Midcontinent websites, www.midcocomm.com and www.mymidco.com are chock-full of helpful information. The Internet section of their main website has pages that help you setup and configure a variety of different modems and routers (Midcontinent is one of the few companies that still requires consumers to buy their modem, but they have a list of compatible devices on the site), how to configure wireless devices, and setting up email, whether using a third party client like Microsoft Outlook or Thunderbird, as well as setting up their webmail front-end.
The MyMidco site gives you a wealth of tools to manage your account, setup your TiVo, check voicemail messages, and much more. Unlike some other companies that make you dig around on a single site for what you need, MyMidco puts everything at your fingertips. Need to pay your bill? There’s a link for that right on the landing page. There’s even an option to get $25 off your bill by referring friends. This site also has a few tutorials to help you get going.
Midcontinent Communications Internet Delivers Speeds Up to 200 Mbps
Most companies that offer broadband Internet services offer speeds of up to 100 Megabytes per second (Mbps). For most companies, this is their upper tier Internet plan. For Midcontinent Internet, that’s their midrange plan. Midcontinent Communications Internet is called MidcoNet Xstream Wideband and comes in four different plans.
Their lowest priced package, MidcoNet Limited, runs about $36 a month and delivers up to 12 Mbps download and 1 Mbps upload speeds. This package is enough to enjoyably stream up to three movies at once, or a movie and an online game, with no delay or lag in either the load time for the video stream or the game play. The next step up, MidcoNet Xstream Wideband 1.0 runs about $47 a month and delivers speeds of up to 60 Mbps down and six Mbps up. This is fast enough to stream several movies and play a few different games at the same time. The six Meg upload speed is enough to allow you to set up a server for the family to stream family videos and such.
For some of us, 60 Megs just isn’t enough. For about $67 a month, you can bump up to MidcoNet Xstream Wideband 2.0 service and get 100 Mbps and 10 Mbps. This is fast enough for you to host a get together for your kids with 20 kids (and hopefully some extra adults to referee) and let all of them either stream movies to their mobile devices, or play a few online multiplayer video games at the same time.
Still not fast enough for you? Step on up to MidcoNet XStream Wideband 3.0 service for about $107 a month and experience Internet download speeds faster than at work. This package delivers the ridiculously fast speeds of up to 200 Megs down and 20 up. Put that into perspective: depending on who you talk to, streaming a 1080p full HD movie from somewhere like Netflix requires up to 1.5 Mbps, and this plan has 200 Mbps. You’re talking enough speed to stream about 100 movies at the same time from Netflix. Additionally, with the 20 Mbps upload speed, you can let five or six family members log in and watch that family reunion video at the same time, instead of individually.
TV Options Abound with Midcontinent Communications
The TV options offered from the Midcontinent Communications Sioux Falls SD headquarters are pretty much what you’d expect. They’ve got five basic TV plans to choose from, with a few add-on options packages. Limited Cable is only $20 a month and gives you access to mostly local programming. The Basic Cable package runs about $57 a month and comes with 72 channels that include both broadcast and Cable networks. For $68 a month, you can move up to Preferred Cable and have more than 200 channels, more than 100 of which are HD.
The Midcontinent Theatre Suite will run you about $85 a month and also gives you more than 200 channels, with about 100 of them in HD. The difference between this package and the Preferred Package is you get you choice of premium movie packs. The Ultimate Theatre Suite adds all five premium movie packs (HBO, Cinemax, SHOWTIME, The Movie Channel, and Starz/Encore) plus the Sports & Variety Package.
The Sports & Variety Package (About $6 a month) gives you access to several sports networks such as The NFL Network, NFL Redzone, college sports networks, and more. Variety gives you Teen Nick, Boomerang, Halogen, and other similar channels. Midcontinent also has its own sports network Midco Sports Net (Midco SN) that lets you watch local high school and college sporting events live from the comfort of your home. There’s also an option for a Spanish language package at about four bucks a month.
Your New Midcontinent Communications Phone Number Can Be Your Old One
The web page laying out the phone options can be pretty confusing. Their text says that you get a wealth of Phone service options with their Digital Phone service, but what they actually mean to say is that you get all those services with the $33 a month Digital Phone Package. This package gives you a crystal clear phone line with unlimited (actually 5000 minutes) calling around the US, Canada, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and Guam. The eight calling features that come with this plan include:
- 3-way calling
- Call waiting Caller ID
- Caller ID
- Call forwarding universal
- Last call return
- Speed call 30
- Distinctive ring
- Continuous redial
Midcontinent also has a Basic Digital Phone Line that goes for about $20 a month. It looks like this is just a phone line with unlimited local calling and everything else is extra. You can add Voicemail to this for about $6 a month. You can add an additional line for about $10 a month. For $11 a month you can get unlimited (actually 5000 minutes again) local and long distance calling.
If you want to pick and choose the Phone service features you want, you can do so for about $4 a month or you can get all eight calling features for about $10 a month or get a three pack of features for $8 a month.
Midcontinent offers a number of bundles, but they require you to begin the sales process on the site to see them all. Suffice it to say that you can mix and match services and plans within those service categories.
Are you in Midcontinent Communication’s service area? Drop me a line below and let me know what you think.