Minneapolis could get a third cable provider

The Minneapolis City Council just voted to allow CenturyLink to provide cable in the city, and now, US Internet is looking for approval to join the Minneapolis cable market.

Comcast is currently under a 12-year contract with the city. Supporters of last week's vote hope competition will reduce prices and improve service.

US Internet, which is based in Minnetonka, would immediately offer TV in areas covering between 25 and 30 percent of the city, CEO Joe Caldwell said at a news conference on Wednesday. He did not specify neighborhoods, but the company already has fiber-installation projects in south Minneapolis. US Internet already provides broadband internet services in the city.

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The City Council voted Friday to approve a franchise agreement that will allow CenturyLink to offer Prism TV to Minneapolis cable subscribers. US Internet has a history of being the cheapest in the metro, Caldwell said. 

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