Schurz completes acquisition of broadband company

MISHAWAKA, Ind. — Following all regulatory approvals, Schurz Communications Inc. announced recently that it has closed the transaction to acquire Hiawatha Broadband Communications, which serves communities in southeast Minnesota. 

The acquisition supports Schurz strategic plans by expanding its broadband operations in growing communities. Schurz plans to maintain local management. The company will continue to be based in Winona, Minn., and operate under the Hiawatha Broadband Communications name.

Hiawatha operates an advanced fiber optic network serving gigabit broadband, feature-rich telephone and video service with a selection of more than 300 channels, video on demand and extensive local high school and college sporting events produced by HBC Studios. HBC’s data transport network in southern Minnesota connects more than 20 cities to a protected fiber-optic network ring. The company also has wholesale, construction, business consulting and engineering divisions and is the operator of the RS Fiber Cooperative gigabit fiber-to-the-farm project in Minnesota.

Schurz Communications Inc. is a Mishawaka, Ind.-based news and information company that consists of broadband, newspaper publishing, cloud managed services and digital media operations.

Among other properties, it owns Herald-Mail Media, which publishes the Crossroads Business Journal. It also owns Antietam Broadband in Washington County, Md.