Tallahassee Reports recently reached out to MetroNet for an update on the company’s work in Tallahassee. MetroNet has been constructing a fiber-optic network across Tallahassee since early 2020.
In October 2019, the City Commission voted to change the City’s Joint Use Agreement to allow fiber attachments on the City’s utility poles. This made it possible for companies to being constructing fiber-optic networks in an effort to cement Tallahassee as a 21st-century city by increasing Internet speeds and enabling growth in business and education.
Metronet began laying fiber in March 2020, beginning with an area near West Tharpe Street and Old Bainbridge Road. The company has a multi-year construction plan and expects to eventually serve around 70,000 homes and businesses in Tallahassee. MetroNet’s total investment in construction and installation is estimated at $75 million.
“We are proud of the progress that we’ve made on construction in Tallahassee so far,” MetroNet market manager Wayne Kight said.
MetroNet’s construction map shows that much of the northeast, northwest and downtown Tallahassee is currently under construction.
An important aspect of MetroNet’s work in Tallahassee is protecting the tree canopy. Kight said MetroNet will not be cutting or trimming any trees during construction.
“We heard from many that the city is very protective of their tree canopy and its part in making the city beautiful,” Kight said. “We hired engineering students from FSU and Florida A&M as well as local arborists to help guide our construction in the area so that we could make every possible effort to help protect the scenery.”
Kight said MetroNet expects to start installing new customers in the first quarter of 2021, with construction continuing through the next year.
“When we are finished, Tallahassee residents will have the option to choose 100% fiber television, internet and phone with better service, better speeds and at a better value to them,” he said.
He said the best way for a resident to know if their neighborhood is ready is to search their address on MetroNet’s construction information site.