June 17, 2016
Mediacom Business Press Release
Mediacom Business Expands Fan Experience at Iowa Speedway with Reliable and Secure WiFi
Des Moines, IA - June 17, 2016 - Just one year ago, Iowa Speedway called upon Mediacom Business, a division of Mediacom Communications Corporation, to provide Gigabit+ broadband speed for nationally televised NASCAR Series, IndyCar Series and ARCA Racing Series events. Mediacom Business delivered, and because of positive feedback from both U.S. and international news media delegations, who are constantly downloading and sending large amounts of data throughout a race day, Iowa Speedway turned to Mediacom Business to extend their business partnership and try a new broadband solution: this time to provide fans in the vicinity of the Newton Club area with reliable and secure WiFi to post live comments, pictures, and video during races, as well as enjoy mobile racing apps geared to offer additional ways to consume the racing experience, according to Iowa Speedway President Jimmy Small.
“We’re fortunate that Iowa Speedway is a source for testing innovative platforms like this. We are building on our successful strategic relationship with Mediacom Business in bringing high-capacity broadband to Iowa Speedway, among the best connected tracks in the business,” Mr. Small said. “Our Newton Club members will be the first to enjoy this new service during Wide Opening Weekend June 18-19.”
The WiFi connection will allow attendees in the Newton Club to also access NASCAR and INDYCAR mobile apps with features such as live leaderboards, real-time track position and driver telemetry, driver audio, in-car cameras and highlights among others that will enhance the racegoer experience.
Dan Templin, Senior Vice President of Mediacom Business, said WiFi service for both indoor and outdoor sections of the Newton Club is enabled by the Cisco Meraki business solution. “Meraki provides powerful WiFi, security and networking capabilities that work immediately out-of-the-box and still allow for easy customization via the web,” Mr. Templin said. “We’re excited to leverage this proven technology to expand on the race fan experience at the Iowa Speedway.”
With a simple-to-use management portal, Meraki is a straightforward, point-and-click technology to monitor or limit bandwidth to specific users or applications like streaming video, according to Mike Chernovetz, Cisco Account Manager to Mediacom Business. “With Meraki, Iowa Speedway fans will have a great experience in posting comments, pictures and video from the race. We’re excited to work with Mediacom Business to utilize Meraki with the Iowa Speedway, and we look forward to expanding this WiFi concept with more of their customers.”
About Iowa Speedway
Iowa Speedway, “The Fastest Short Track on the Planet,” is a state-of-the-art 7/8-mile asphalt paved tri-oval race track and motorsports facility located in Newton, Iowa. Our 2016 schedule includes three exciting race weekends: June 18-19 (NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Speediatrics 200 and NASCAR XFINITY Series American Ethanol E15 250 presented by Enogen), July 9-10 (ARCA Racing Series 150 presented by Casey’s General Stores and Verizon IndyCar Series Iowa Corn 300) and July 29-30 (NASCAR K&N Pro Series Casey’s General Stores 150 presented by Vatterott College and NASCAR XFINITY Series U.S. Cellular 250). For tickets, call 1-866-787-8946.
About Mediacom Communications
Mediacom Communications Corporation is the sixth largest cable operator in the U.S. serving about 1.3 million customers in smaller markets primarily in the Midwest and Southeast through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Mediacom Broadband LLC and Mediacom LLC. Mediacom offers a wide array of information, communications and entertainment services to households and businesses, including video, high-speed data, phone and home security and automation. Through Mediacom Business, the company provides innovative broadband solutions to commercial and public sector customers of all sizes, and sells advertising and production services under the OnMedia brand. More information about Mediacom is available at https://mediacomcable.com.
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