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Are you ready to cut the cord?

By | June 26th, 2017|

An increasing number of people are walking away from satellite and cable service and choosing streaming content. It’s a phenomenon called cord cutting. With the right equipment, you can bring your choice of content right to your television. Let’s highlight a few of the popular streaming options. The Apple TV is a device that connects [...]

UPS Systems: Surge Protection with Battery Backups

By | May 18th, 2017|

Here’s a painful scenario we’ve all experienced. You’re totally engrossed in a major project on your desktop computer and neglect to save your work when the power flickers. The computer screen goes dark and the computer reboots, and your heart sinks as you realize your hard work is lost. If you’re using a computer or [...]

Big News for 2017 Construction Plan

By | May 4th, 2017|

“Down to the Wire” “Win by a Nose” “Home Stretch” “Dark Horse” These are just a few everyday expressions that originated in the sport of horseracing. As we approach Kentucky Derby weekend, let’s apply those phrases to our crowd action and share some exciting news. For many months, three zones have been in a tight [...]

Fiber Open Houses

By | April 11th, 2017|

Fiber internet fever is spreading across southwest Michigan as Midwest Connections continues building its communications infrastructure. Come test drive fiber-speed internet at one of our fiber open houses. Staff will be available to answer questions, and technology stations will be available for interested individuals to test the service experience and determine if it’s right for you. [...]

April 2017 Construction Update

By | April 5th, 2017|

The winter of 2016-17 was unpredictable at best. The early months that typically bring snowfall and ice brought unprecedented tornadoes and crazy wind storms in this unusual year. The good news is we were able to keep construction moving through most of the mild season, and are now ahead of schedule! What are we hearing [...]

Which Reality Do You Choose?

By | March 23rd, 2017|

  Dorothy, we’re definitely not in Kansas anymore. We’re pulling back the curtain in our 2017 Oz to see the latest advancements in the virtual space. What is the “virtual space”? In today’s world it includes two different forms of technology: Augmented Reality (AR) blurs the line between real and computer-generated worlds by enhancing the [...]

Welcome to the World of Live Streams

By | February 28th, 2017|

Remember the days when your internet experience started with a series of noises and beeps and gave you a 56Kbps connection? We’ve come a long way as many of today’s smartphones provide a 12Mbps connection! Ever-changing technology opens up all kinds of possibilities, and one of the exciting new trends is live streaming. A live [...]

February 2017 Construction Update

By | February 9th, 2017|

Punxsutawney Phil may have seen his shadow last week, but if six more weeks of winter look like the first half of the season, we’re in good shape! Mother Nature has helped us keep construction crews at work during this unusually mild winter; great news as we enter the third year of our five-year southwest [...]

New Year’s Resolution – Health & Fitness

By | January 30th, 2017|

Welcome to January – the time of year when many of us commit to better health and wellness. This month we’ll look at a few of the great tools to help you stay organized and on track! Smart watches and health trackers like Fitbit Blaze and Apple Watch Series 2 are popular trends right now. [...]

Cool Yule

By | December 20th, 2016|

You already know Midwest Connections has the fastest speeds in southwest Michigan but did you know that upgrading your service will ensure a better high-definition experience? Check out all of our plans and select the best one to fit your needs. Upgrading your plan is easy, and you can do it yourself with these simple steps: Log [...]

Streaming Services Brings Content to Your Fingertips

By | December 19th, 2016|

  Want to tune in to a current or classic television series, or curl up with a great movie? With your fiber-speed internet, huge libraries of content are just a few clicks away. Binge watching, or the practice of watching multiple episodes of a television program in rapid succession, typically by means of DVDs or [...]

Welcome to the Future

By | November 29th, 2016|

  Iron Man fans will be familiar with J.A.R.V.I.S., Tony Stark’s artificially intelligent home computer that answers his inquiries and manages everything in his home. The technology seems a little futuristic, but the future is now. Amazon Echo is a personal digital assistant that offers great benefits for its user; it’s our own J.A.R.V.I.S. and [...]

November/December Construction Update

By | November 28th, 2016|

No one in the tiny village of Mendon ever thought they would enjoy a high-speed internet experience, but Team Fiber has changed all of that. In fact, on November 9 Sharon from Mendon became our 3000th lit subscriber! Mendon is just one of many rural communities across southwest Michigan that is experiencing the life-changing difference [...]

Making Room for Mattawan in 2017

By | October 28th, 2016|

In September we brought fiber internet to life for more than 200 members in southwest Michigan. Nancy from Edwardsburg said, “The speed of this internet is amazing! All these years of waiting and hoping finally paid off. Thank you!” Alex from Jones was equally pleased, sharing “I am extremely happy with my new Midwest broadband [...]

Passwords 101

By | October 19th, 2016|

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Are You Protecting Your Computer?

By | September 30th, 2016|

Many of us work hard to keep our bodies healthy and virus-free. From vitamins and supplements to flu shots, we use preventative measures to ward off illness. Your computer needs a similar level of preventative care and concern. With today's technology, many computers are always-on and connected, and therefore need to be protected from the [...]

Where is TeamFiber going in 2017?

By | September 8th, 2016|

North Dowagiac and Marcellus have literally been running neck and neck for the coveted top spot in our Zones in Pre-Registration. Folks in those areas have been working hard for bragging rights as our next zones to “go green” on the map and move into construction. So today, we’re excited to reward all of their [...]

Which Cloud Service is Right for You?

By | August 25th, 2016|

A few months ago we shared a post called “The Relevance of Clouds” where we basically defined the cloud as a server that can hold your personal files. It’s a way to keep your phone and tablet clear of clutter while keeping all of your digital files easily accessible and secure. Once you’ve decided to [...]

Tablet vs. Laptop: Portable Showdown

By | July 28th, 2016|

First we had desktop computers, then laptops, and now a myriad of tablets and other mobile devices to satisfy our need for information and communication. Companies like Apple and Samsung are pushing the boundaries of portable computing, giving us great alternatives while overwhelming us with options! This month I want to provide some pointers to [...]

June/July Fiber Construction Update

By | June 28th, 2016|

We recently celebrated our 2000th fiber installation. In just over two short years, we’ve changed the rural experience for more than 2000 homes and businesses across southwest Michigan, and look forward to bringing new relevance and opportunity to other members across this region. We know it’s a painful wait for those who remain in the [...]

Getting Started

By | June 27th, 2016|

Upgrade Your Speed with SmartHub

By | June 23rd, 2016|

Upgrading your plan is easy, and you can do it yourself with these simple steps: Log into SmartHub Click on My Services Click on My Internet Scroll down to select a new plan and click the Add to Cart button Scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click the Checkout button Review the cart details and follow [...]

Growing our Team to Meet the Growing Demand

By | June 7th, 2016|

We’re excited to introduce three new faces to Team Fiber. As the southwest Michigan rural broadband revolution continues to bring solutions at the speed of light, we’re growing our team to meet the demand! Paige Deak is the newest member of our customer care team, and joins Greg, Amber, and Libby as one of [...]

May Construction Update

By | May 9th, 2016|

Last Friday, Joe in our North Three Rivers Zone posted on our Facebook page: “Getting hooked up at 2:00 today. Good riddance Frontier.” We love that kind of excitement! Asked Joe the next day to share his early experience, and he said, “First time we’ve ever been able to stream a movie. Compared to the [...]

Tools for Parental Controls

By | April 25th, 2016|

Whether you are trying to protect your children from internet dangers, or just trying to reclaim some face-to-face family time, many parents are looking for ways to manage their home internet access. If you use the Midwest-provided 844 router, there are some simple ways to limit access and block service. Let’s start with the basics. [...]

April Construction Update

By | April 4th, 2016|

Our fiber techs are hard at work, and recently knocked out 42 installs in one week! We now have well over 1500 southwest Michigan members experiencing the power of the rural broadband revolution from their own home or business. Chuck, one of our happy users, recently shared the following: “Words can’t really describe how fast [...]

Evolution of the Utility of the Future

By | March 21st, 2016|

If you’re receiving this email, you already know the GREAT things happening in the southwest Michigan Rural Broadband Revolution. But do you realize that fiber internet and phone are really by-products of a much bigger project and initiative? Many of you know that we attempted to provide a reliable internet solution for many years, from [...]

Bundle & Save

By | March 18th, 2016|

Why choose just one Service? Bundle your internet and telephone together and enjoy a $10 double-play discount! Adding a service to your existing account is easy! Just log into your myFiber Account and click on "Add New Service" in the Quick Links menu. If you'd rather talk to one of our customer care representatives you can call us [...]

Become a Wi-Fi Detective

By | March 18th, 2016|

Believe it or not, everything from your 2.4GHz home phone to your microwave oven to your neighbor's Wi-Fi can impact your Wi-Fi signal strength and Internet speed. While no two experiences are the same, most throttling issues typically involve cordless phones, microwaves, and other products using the 2.4GHz band. Bluetooth devices, which are growing in [...]

March Construction Update

By | March 3rd, 2016|

Today’s forecast calls for 2-4” of snow with a high temperature of 32. Next week we’re looking at highs in the mid-60s. Gotta love some Michigan winter! Regardless of what the weather does as we inch our way to spring, TeamFiber took advantage of the overall mild winter season and made great headway on construction. [...]