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Midcontinent Communications Teams With Clearfield To Bring Fiber To Upper Midwest

MINNEAPOLIS, March 3, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Upper Midwest has been experiencing a bandwidth surge of sorts recently, which has compelled Midcontinent Communications to ramp up its fiber to the premises (FTTp) offerings – especially to the commercial business sector. To help meet the demand in a cost-effective manner, the company has turned to Clearfield, Inc. (Nasdaq:CLFD) for scalable fiber solutions that will service its 250,000 customers in North and South Dakota and parts of Minnesota.

Midcontinent Communications is the Upper Midwest's leading provider of cable television, local and long distance telephone service, broadband Internet access, and cable advertising services. Its service area covers more than 240 communities – most of which have burgeoning bandwidth needs. Midcontinent didn't have to go far to find a reputable telecommunications partner. Clearfield, which designs and manufactures state-of-the-art fiber distribution and management products, is located in Plymouth, Minnesota.

Brian Hanson, commercial construction manager for Midcontinent Communications, said he first became aware of Clearfield less than three years ago. Since that time, they have partnered with Clearfield on a number of fiber-based solutions. Most recently, Midcontinent was an early adopter of Clearfield's innovative fiber management product, the Clearview xPAK Cassette.

The xPAK, which is engineered to land small port count fiber terminations and optical components as conveniently and inexpensively as possible, was tailor-made for Midcontinent's needs. "We had looked for a long time to find a cost-effective product where we could terminate only 2 ports – versus 12 or 24. Clearfield came up with the solution. xPAK is the perfect solution for multiple Fiber-to-the-Business applications. We're using it in business parks, for business customers where we need to use small count fibers. We're using it as a building entrance terminal in a wall mount patch panel. It's also worked for us in a couple of locations as a transition box, where we provided services to wireless companies."

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