BLOOMINGTON, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Metronet has declared Bloomington a Certified Gigabit City Powered by Metronet after the company’s ultra-high-speed fiber optic network became accessible to the majority of households and businesses throughout the city. To date, Metronet has installed more than 275 miles of fiber optic cable throughout Bloomington bringing future-proof Gigabit speeds to residents and businesses and is continuing to expand from its initial build plan.
“I am thrilled to see the progress that Metronet has made to support our neighbors and the greater business community by providing a majority of Bloomington’s homes and businesses with access to ultra-high-speed fiber optic internet,” said Charlie Moore, McLean County Chamber of Commerce President & CEO. “This is a great economic development milestone for the Bloomington community, especially with the growing need for even faster and more reliable internet.”
Metronet began construction in Bloomington in 2012, and has since grown to become the nation’s largest, independently owned 100 percent fiber optic provider, and is rapidly growing to create more Certified Gigabit Cities Powered by Metronet.
“Metronet has been on a mission to bring the fastest and most reliable internet speeds to communities throughout the U.S. in order to help bridge the digital divide. We are proud to officially declare the City of Bloomington a Certified Gigabit City Powered by Metronet as now, a majority of businesses and residents have access to our 100 percent fiber optic internet speeds of at least 1 Gigabit,” said John Cinelli, Metronet CEO. “We are grateful for the support we have received from the city as we’ve worked to build a future-proof network that has improved the quality of life for many residents and will soon provide symmetrical upload and download multi-gigabit speeds.”
Metronet maintains a storefront in Bloomington at 503 North Prospect Road and currently employs several local associates in departments such as sales, marketing, customer service and field operations. Bloomington residents interested in learning more about Metronet’s future-proof services may visit Metronet.com.
Certification as a Certified Gigabit City Powered by Metronet is earned once a majority of households and business locations have access to Metronet’s symmetrical fiber optic internet speeds of at least 1 Gigabit (1,000 megabits per second). The number of households is based on the total Households (2016-2020) and the number of business locations is based on total All firms (2017) from the U.S. Census Bureau.
City officials interested in adding their community to Metronet’s growing list of “Certified Gigabit Cities Powered by Metronet” may visit cityleaders.metronetinc.com or contact Kathy Scheller, Metronet Director of Business Development, Government Affairs at Kathy.Scheller@metronet.com or at 812-760-9228.
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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. Since then, Metronet and its affiliates have grown to serve and construct networks in more than 250 communities across Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, Wisconsin, Missouri, Colorado, New Mexico, and Louisiana. 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.