MEC Announces 5 Gig Internet Package

Published on Monday, October 2, 2023 in Internet

Midwest Energy & Communications (MEC) is now offering 5 gigabyte (gig) fiber internet to customers. MEC has been providing fiber-to-the-premises services to rural customers in southern Michigan and northern Indiana and Ohio since 2015. The company has over 24,000 customers and is rapidly expanding service across southern Michigan.

The 5 Gig package includes symmetrical 5Gbps download and upload speeds, sophisticated parental controls, network security, and a Wi-Fi 6 router. All customers also get the free mobile app, CommandIQ, which enables customers to manage all connected devices, test speeds, and add guest networks. There are no data caps or overage fees.

“For years, I’ve said that geography shouldn’t define a person’s scope of opportunity,” said Bob Hance, MEC president/CEO. “Nowhere is that more apparent than with highspeed internet. For the past eight years, we’ve been dedicated to ensuring rural residents and businesses have access to the gold standard of internet service. It started with bringing fiber speeds to the unserved and underserved and continues with providing industry-leading speeds and value-adds that improve our customers’ lives.”

Remote work and cloud-based, real-time computing require internet speeds and bandwidth that can handle high-demand and simultaneous tasks. MEC’s 5 Gig package accommodates individuals and teams collaborating on large online documents, creative professionals rendering large graphics, and professionals making financial transactions. The nearly imperceptible latency ensures gamers stay competitive, and business customers can add more services and devices without worry.

Beyond meeting the needs of today’s high-demand users, the 5 Gig package prepares MEC and its customers for the future. “Demand for data and speed continues to grow at a dizzying pace. It wasn’t that long ago that 1080p video was the leading edge, and now there are 8K TVs on the market. It seems like every day there is a new smart device available, and I believe advancements in telehealth are just getting started,” said Hance. “MEC is not a ‘wait-and-see’ kind of company. We want to be ready now, and most importantly, we want our customers to know that we’ll keep bringing them tools to make them successful. We’re not just eliminating the digital divide in rural southern Michigan...we’re obliterating it.”

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