Midcontinent Communications: Best Cable Company Ever?

Cable companies are notorious for poor customer service, and usually when you read an online posting about a cable company you’re hearing a rant about some horror story. This isn’t one of those.

I use Midcontinent Communications for my cable and internet services at home. I’ve always had pretty good luck with them, which is a good thing as I’m rather dependent on my internet connection. I work from home. I broadcast my radio show over an internet connection. During my shows, I stay in touch with my producer and keep track of callers via instant messenger. If my internet is down, I can’t work.

Recently, though, my internet did go down. After spending about five minutes on the phone with customer support, they sent out a technician. He arrived at my house a half an hour later, and an hour after that he had my internet back up with a temporary fix (apparently the problem is old cabling on the outside of my house which couldn’t be replaced last night due to the weather).

I posted a tweet about the visit, and to my surprise Midcontinent (who I apparently started following on Twitter at some point) responded:

I thought that was pretty cool, so I replied saying that I needed to schedule a technician to come out and replace some cable. And what happened next floored me. I got these two responses:

I’m not sure what I did to warrant such personal attention, but it’s much appreciated! And before you ask, no Midcontinent doesn’t pay to advertise on the blog nor do they pay to advertise on my radio show (though I wouldn’t say no, hint hint).

Call me a dork, but I’m thoroughly impressed. And I wanted to give the company some credit. Again, usually when people write about the companies they do business with on the internet they’re complaining. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Sharing those sort of experiences are important. But sometimes it’s important to share the good experiences too.

By the way, while I wrote this post I responded to Midcontinent saying that Monday would work great for a technician to stop by and sure enough they scheduled it for me.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

  • Ercink454

    My brother works for Midco in Sioux Falls as a service technician and it’s always nice to hear something good about the work he and his co-workers are doing.  If only we could get Midco into Fargo….

  • darebliss

    I assume that After few years, cable companies would be disappeared due to Dish network market.. I have noticed that a war took place in the market due to Dish network satellite.
    Dreamboxes

  • Guest

    I miss having Midco service.  I moved into a Comcast area a few months ago and the service is no where as good as Midco’s.  I never had a huge problem with them, and if I had an issues they could easily take care of them over the phone.  In fact, the 9 years I was with Midco I only had them come out to the house once for a tech repair, and that was area distribution point.  And the pricing… I’ve read reviews of people scoffing at Midco’s pricing.  I would kill to have my old service back.  I now have spotty interenet and basic cable… only because if i tried just getting “decent” alone it’d cost me $60 to get 5mbps better than Midco’s basic at $30.  Twice the price for something barely quicker than basic, and it’s spotty at best.  So for those who scoff at Midco and complain… I’ll trade you any day.

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