Red River Communications and 702 Communications jointly announce that effective February 1, 2021, Red River Communications will acquire the customers and assets of 702 Communications in Wahpeton, ND and Breckenridge, MN. 702 Communications will continue to own and operate its network in the Fargo-Moorhead markets.

“We’ve been proud to provide service in Wahpeton-Breckenridge for the last 20 years and we’ll always value the loyal customers we’ve had here,” says Brian Crommett, CEO of 702 Communications.

Existing 702 Communications customers in Wahpeton and Breckenridge will not see any disruption in their current service; however, service enhancements are coming soon. Red River Communications will be undertaking a project that will connect fiber to each business and home in Wahpeton-Breckenridge.

“702 and Red River Communications have both made significant investment in connecting the communities,” continues Crommett, “it’s time for 702 to step back and let Red River Communications finish the job.”

“Red River Communications is excited to expand our fiber internet service to Wahpeton and Breckenridge. Notably, this will be one of the largest fiber-to-the-premise projects ever undertaken in our area. Fiber will enable us to provide the highest quality communications services within the Twin Towns,” says Tom Steinolfson, CEO of Red River Communications.

The project to connect Breckenridge and Wahpeton with fiber is expected to begin in Spring 2021. Fiber means the Twin Towns will have internet access that rivals many large cities, enabling residents unparalleled ability to work, learn, and play online at speeds exceeding many gigabits per second.

“Fiber is a real competitive advantage for business, be it manufacturing, agriculture, or the service industry. Having fiber throughout Breckenridge and Wahpeton means residents will have access to an internet experience among the best you can get anywhere,” remarks Steinolfson.

Red River Communications (Red River Rural Telephone Association) in Abercrombie, ND is a leading-edge communications cooperative offering internet, phone, digital TV, wireless internet, and cellular services. Red River Communications serves over 4000 members across southeast North Dakota and west-central Minnesota. It has deployed a fiber optic network spanning nearly 3000 miles.

702 Communications is a locally owned and operated Competitive Local Exchange Carrier in Moorhead, MN. 702 provides retail services that include business and residential phone service and internet access. 702 provides wholesale services that include the wholesaling of bandwidth, long distance, and fiber transport. In addition, 702 also provides network engineering, management and monitoring for regional transport and data networking.

Disclosure: Red River Communications is a stakeholder in 702 Communications.

Contact Information

Tom Steinolfson
General Manager/CEO
Red River Communications

Brian Crommett
702 Communications