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702 Communications Embraces Pace International Innovation, Adds New Digital Subscribers

Fargo, ND – January 17, 2011 – 702 Communications has embraced an innovative digital HD distribution solution to support new MDU properties and gain digital subscribers. 702 Communications launched the L-band satellite distribution solution from Pace in apartment buildings, condos, and other locations throughout their communities, and expect to gain subscriber growth from new access to DISH Network® HD and standard definition programming. The product, available exclusively from Pace, allows Telcos and operators to provide a triple-play in fourplexes all the way up to 100-plus unit properties with a scalable solution for adding TV to voice and data services.

“702 communications embraces Pace International innovation on their ‘dish in a box’ solution. We have deployed this new solution in 40 MDU properties to gain new digital subscribers in our market. The solution has saved us time during deployment and money for our infrastructure costs. We are also pleased with the small footprint of this solution in our buildings,” commented Jim Walter, CEO of 702 Communications.

Minnesota-based Pace International is the only national hardware and content distributor for DISH Network Private Cable Operators (PCOs) to offer the product along with a suite of hardware and content support solutions supporting operators in the MDU and commercial marketplace. The company is featuring more information on the product on it’s website at

“Pace is well positioned to provide telcos with a single partner who can help them ‘Just Add TV’ to their voice and data services and gain the retention value of a triple play offer,” said Opie Williams, VP of Sales. “This solution gives operators a great way to deploy digital TV in the MDU properties in their communities with a scalable solution, and small investment.”
As a national distributor of satellite TV equipment and services, Pace has delivered hardware and content solutions, including local TV channels, to hundreds of thousands of commercial, SMATV and MDU units through a national network of operators. Pace provides turn-key managed solutions to telco operators, cable TV systems, and multiple dwelling unit (MDU) enterprises seeking a digital solution, including those serving gated communities, townhomes, hospitals, and hospitality markets. More information on the MDU solution can be found on their website at

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About 702 Communications

Val-Ed Joint Venture dba 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, Internet access via DSL, DSX, OCX, and Ethernet. 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.

About Pace International

Pace is an industry-leading automation and procurement specialist with expertise in supporting communication systems worldwide. As an authorized national hardware and content distributor for DISH Network, and EchoStar ViPTV reseller, the company offers complete solutions that help telcos, ISPs, and system operators Just Add TV™ anywhere in their communities. Pace also carries the industry's most recognized communication hardware and tools, along with its own lineup of installation materials, sold under its own brand name, MVP™. Founded in 1972, Pace operates from its headquarters in Rochester, Minnesota, and through facilities in Denver, Colorado and Ningbo, China.  For more information visit or call 1-800-444-PACE (7223).

Press Contact:
702 Communications: Jim Walter,, (218) 284-5720
PACE: Sam Schell,, 507-424-4919

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