EVANSVILLE, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Metronet today expanded its industry leading commitment to public safety by announcing George Kemp, Metronet Vice President of Safety and Quality Assurance, has been named to the Sunshine 811 Board of Directors, Florida’s Call Before You Dig safety initiative. Florida is the fourth state in which a Metronet executive sits on the state’s 811 safe digging initiative. The move underscores Metronet’s commitment to sharing best practices across industries and working to minimize issues of public infrastructure maintenance and construction.
During his two-year term on Sunshine 811’s Board of Directors, Kemp will serve on the Damage Prevention Committee and the Operations Committee. Since 2018, Kemp has served on Indiana 811’s Board where he was first appointed to represent the telecommunications sector. Kemp has since been appointed to serve as Chairman of Indiana 811’s Board of Directors. Leading safety initiatives for Metronet, Chuck Muller, Safety & Quality Assurance Director, serves on Ohio 811’s board promoting safe digging and utility safety throughout the Buckeye State. Muller also serves on MISS DIG 811 Board of Directors.
“I’m thankful for the opportunity to serve on the board of Sunshine 811 and play an active role in keeping Florida residents and businesses safe,” said George Kemp. “I look forward working alongside other underground facility owners and operators as we work to improve the utility industry across the state.”
“Along with Metronet’s commitment to providing ultra-high-speed fiber internet, and as strong supporters and members of Sunshine 811, Metronet is dedicated to ensuring public safety and reducing the number of damage incidents in the communities we serve,” said John Cinelli, Metronet CEO. “We are excited to see George serve another state association in this important role and look forward to seeing his impact on the state of Florida.”
Founded in 1993, Sunshine 811 is a free statewide system designed to save time, money, costly lawsuits, and dramatically reduce accidental damage to underground utilities. The not-for-profit corporation is comprised of more than 20 industry leaders from a variety of utility companies throughout the state of Florida and provides coordination and notification services for homeowners, construction officials, utilities and owners of underground infrastructure.
Metronet values the safety of their team members and communities. Visit metronet.com/safety for more information on Metronet’s dedication to safety and quality assurance.
For more information about Sunshine 811, visit sunshine811.com.
Metronet is the nation’s largest independently owned, 100 percent fiber optic company headquartered in Evansville, Indiana. The customer-focused company provides cutting-edge fiber optic communication services, including high-speed Fiber Internet and full-featured Fiber Phone. Metronet started in 2005 with one fiber optic network in Greencastle, Indiana, and has since grown to serving and constructing networks in more than 220 communities across Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, Wisconsin, Missouri and Colorado. Metronet is committed to bringing state-of-the-art telecommunication services to communities — services that are comparable or superior to those offered in large metropolitan areas. By offering XGS PON technology, Metronet can easily carry its communities into the future of 5GB service. Metronet has been recognized by PC Mag as one of the Top 10 Fastest ISPs in North Central United States in 2020 and Top 10 ISPs with Best Gaming Quality Index in 2021. Broadband Now has recognized Metronet as the Top 3 Fastest Internet Providers and Fastest Fiber Providers in the Nation in 2020, and #1 Fastest Mid-Sized Internet Provider in two states in 2020. In 2020, Metronet was awarded the Vectren Energy Safe Digging Partner Award from Vectren. For more information, visit www.Metronet.com.