US Internet challenges established Internet service providers
In late September, US Internet workers drilled holes in the streets and sidewalks near North Central as part of a plan to install new internet services in the area. A new fiber-optic internet is making its way from Minnetonka to much of the south and east areas of Minneapolis.
US Internet, established in Minnetonka in 1995, bases out of Minnesota. The company has expanded its area from Uptown Minneapolis to Minnehaha within the recent year, and is now focusing eastward through Elliot Park in hope of reaching the Mississippi River. The Star Tribune said the new internet service is a cheap, fast alternative to established companies such as Comcast and CenturyLink.
According to the Southwest Journal, a local Minneapolis news source, US Internet has to go underground with the placement of their network cables because of limitations on aerial networks in Minneapolis. Control of these networks are owned by three companies: Comcast, CenturyLink and Xcel.
US Internet is more inexpensive than other networks because it uses time-division multiplexing (TDM). Few other networks have TDM devices, which are attached to the side of the home to broadcast wirelessly what they pick up from the attached underground wires. The pricing is based on speed, starting at $24.95 a month for 25 megabits per second and going up to $39.95 a month for 100 megabits per second. Comcast, comparatively, starts at $29.99 a month for 25 megabits per second and goes up to $59.99 a month for 150 megabits per second.
Northerner staff attempted to reach a representative from US Internet, but they were unavailable to respond for comment.