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Arvig to invest $1.5 million to expand fiber, gig internet in Hawley, Minnesota

The expansion will make leading-edge service available to 942 structures in the city, with speeds of up to 1 gbps, either via fiber or cable modem.

Arvig fiber upgrade
Arvig continues to upgrade and expands it fiber and gig networks. This image was taken near Pelican Rapids, Minn., during a previous fiber construction project in 2019.
Image: Courtesy of Arvig
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HAWLEY, Minn. • Work will begin this spring on a $1.5 million construction project to upgrade the fiber network that serves the city of Hawley.

The build-out will broadly expand access to direct fiber-to-the-home connections, and make the network capable of internet speeds up to 10 Gigabits per second, according to a company announcement on Tuesday, May 3.

“Hawley customers are internet and technology-savvy,” David Arvig, vice president and chief operating officer, said in the announcement. “Our goal in delivering a gig-capable network is to provide services that can reliably meet the growing needs of the community, for work, school, entertainment and daily life.”

Altogether, the expansion will make leading-edge service available to 942 structures in the city, with speeds of up to 1 gbps, either via fiber or cable modem.

Construction will begin this spring as weather and working conditions allow, according to the company, and the project is slated to be completed by spring 2023. Completed areas will have service available as soon as late fall or early winter 2022.

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In addition to expanding the fiber network in the area, Arvig will also upgrade network equipment along the route, including innerduct conduit and service pedestals. Improving existing infrastructure ensures that the upgraded speeds can be reliably delivered to customers.

Customers will be contacted as construction moves forward to review their services and find out how the upgrades will improve their online experience.

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