January 2019 Update
2:42PM January 21, 2019
Fiber is a Great investment for your Home!
Check out this information from The Blandin Foundation:
Fiber based Internet services like ours, allows you the option to watch these new Over the Top video services and many new and exciting new services that will be developed in the future. Wireless companies are now promoting 5G and 5G E as the fastest new solutions for Internet whereas Fiber is capable of 10G, 40G, 100G services. Making the investment in Fiber future proofs you home.
New Internet Speeds for 2019!
GET A New Faster Internet Speed TODAY!
FACT - Fiber is the fastest most reliable Internet you can buy!
We have lowered our regular prices and increased our speeds on our NEW Internet services for our current customers:
· 200/20Mbps as low as $59.95 *
· 500/50Mbps as low as $89.95 *
· 1000/100Mbps as low as $124.95 *
* Speeds over 100Mbps require a Gigabit capable network and computers to experience the faster speeds.
To order new services just go to join.gigabitmn.com and place an order and use the Promo Code: BFC201901E3. No contract necessary.
Please do a before speed test as you sign-up for your upgrade so you can see what a faster speed does to your productivity. These will be our standard prices for non-contract customers effective April 1, 2019.
Did you know you can get a $25.00 credit on your account for every referral you get to order our services? Just tell them to use the Referral Code: RFR2019 (Your Last Name or Account Number) i.e. RFR19HICKLE or RFR19GMN1111.
TV Costs are continuing to explode! TV Networks are losing hundreds of thousands of customers a month to "Cord Cutting". It appears the Network's reaction is to simply continue to raise rates on our customers that want to remain with a traditional cable TV service. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do except keep you informed.
PRICE INCREASE NOTIFICATION
I am VERY DISAPPOINTED to inform all of our TV Customers of a price increase effective February 1, 2019. As you all have heard over the last several months, we have been in negotiations for the content on our TV service. These negotiations were completed with many extreme terms being negotiated out of the original proposal, but the final results of the "cost of the content" was not one of these. We are announcing the largest price increase on our content bundles in the 4.5 years we have been providing these services.
When we started 4.5 years ago our cost for Expanded Basic HD TV was $59.95. The new cost for that same content is now $105.95. Basic HD TV was $9.95 back then and the new cost is now $17.95. We are NOT changing our costs or increasing our margins on our Video services. This is an actual Content Cost increase only!
I do not see an end to this out of control cost increases from the content providers as 2019 we have multiple content negotiations coming up and in 2020, we will be in negotiations for the local "free" channels where we saw 300+% increases in the costs from the 2017 negotiations.
We are not alone:
TV GOOD NEWS
We are moving to recommending where you can go to get content by cutting the cord. Many of us here at Gigabit Minnesota have cut the cord and are now using an Antenna and Over The Top (OTT) Video services such as PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, Amazon Prime, Sling TV, Direct TV Now just to name a few. There are also other more specific services like Netflix, Fubu TV, Curiosity Stream and many others. We have purchased Antennas, Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Apple TV and other Set Top boxes to watch these less costly services. Watch our website for a list of options you can explore to lower your cost of watching TV. Our Fiber Internet is the best Internet available to you to switch to these new OTT services and will provide you the best user experience.
Stay tuned for more exciting updates!
Jim Hickle, President Gigabit Minnesota