A new cable/internet provider wants to begin serving the Elk Point area.

Representatives of Midco appeared before the Elk Point City Council Monday, Dec. 21, as the council gave first reading to Ordinance No. 409, Midco Franchise Agreement that would permit the company to offer its services to city residents.

Midco currently provides fixed wireless in Sioux Falls, Yankton and Vermillion. Workers were in town last summer as part of a federal program to provide service to rural Union County customers. Midco Director of Government Relations Andrew Curley said their workers were asked by a number of residents whether the company would begin operating in Elk Point. Curley said that made Midco see there was a demand for additional cable and internet service.

Midco Corporate Construction Project Manager Steve Mohr brought a map of the city showing where underline lines would run. He said they put in a couple of spare pipes in underground as they worked in the city last summer, so that will cut down on construction costs. He anticipated around 75,000 feet of construction, at a cost of $1.5 million just for the underground work. He doesn’t have an exact schedule, but anticipates it will take about 70 days. Work will probably start on the west side of town, move north of Main Street, then finish the rest of town.

The company will install about 140 transformers on pedestals that will serve two-four homes. Before construction begins, Midco will send mailers to addresses where those pedestals will be located, and also put out door hangers on affected homes.

The council took no action on the ordinance. Second and final reading is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 11.

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