MetroNet recently announced that the company has started construction of its fiber network in Tallahassee. Initial construction began at the corner of W. Tharpe and Old Bainbridge Road.
The announcement marks the start of a multi-year construction plan in the city of Tallahassee. Customers in the initial construction areas can expect service to start as early as this summer.
MetroNet provides fiber optic communication services, including high-speed Fiber Internet, full-featured Fiber Phone, and Fiber IPTV with a wide variety of programming. The company started in 2005 with one fiber optic network in Greencastle, Indiana, and has since grown to more than 100 communities in seven states.
“We are thrilled to break ground in Tallahassee and we’re ready to get to work bringing high-speed fiber internet to these communities,” stated MetroNet Executive Vice President Kevin Stelmach. “The Tallahassee community has been incredible to work alongside and as we begin to set up the infrastructure that will be the foundation for fast, reliable fiber-optic internet, we hope to continue connecting with those in this community.”
The company plans to create a fiber network spanning Tallahassee, including the South City, Frenchtown, and Bond neighborhoods. Total construction and installation costs are estimated to be approximately $100 million. Ultimately, MetroNet projects serving around 70,000 Tallahassee homes and businesses.
MetroNet’s entrance into Tallahassee was made possible when the City Commission voted on October 16th to change the City’s Joint Use Agreement. The change allows fiber attachments on City utility poles and opens the door for companies like MetroNet to begin creating fiber optic network infrastructure.
“This is going to be really great not only for economic development but for our educational system,” said Commissioner Dianne Williams-Cox after the vote.
MetroNet has plans to establish a retail storefront in the community to meet customer service needs as well as provide more information about services available in Tallahassee. Residents can sign up early for residential services by visiting www.metronetinc.com