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ST. JOSEPH, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Metronet today announced that construction of its 100 percent fiber optic network has officially begun in St. Joseph. Through Metronet's fully funded multimillion-dollar investment, St. Joseph residents and businesses will have the opportunity to access Metronet's future-proof fiber optic internet. Upon completion of the two-year construction process, St. Joseph will join the country's internet elite as a Certified Gigabit City.

Construction has begun near the northern part of St. Joseph, in the North Ridge Estates Subdivision, and is expanding rapidly throughout the city with the first customers expected to be connected by spring of 2024. As construction continues throughout the city, customers may sign up for presale which will indicate their interest and prioritize service installation once available. Those interested in Metronet services may visit shop.metronet.com to be notified once their address is available for installation and to access presale.

"Fulfilling St. Joseph's need for ultra-high-speed fiber optic internet that has the ability support our residents and businesses is a priority," said Mayor John Josendale. "I'm confident that Metronet's investment will better equip the City of St. Joseph with best-in-class technology, preparing us for our continued economic growth and boosting quality of life."

"The City of St. Joseph will be supported by a future-proof infrastructure that will be able to scale to even faster speeds, enhancing the online experience for residents and businesses," said John Cinelli, Metronet CEO. "Reliable internet access is critical, and we are proud to soon serve St. Joseph as the second community in Missouri that will have the opportunity to tap into Metronet's symmetrical, multi-gigabit fiber optic internet."

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St. Joseph residents will begin seeing Metronet trucks throughout the area as construction activities expand throughout the community. Residents will receive communication by mail about construction activity in their neighborhood 30 days prior to starting. Additional messaging, such as yard signs, will also be provided to notify residents of when construction is beginning in their neighborhood. Metronet crews are identified by ID tags and branded Metronet vehicles.

Metronet plans to hire local market management positions, sales and customer service professionals and service technicians to support the St. Joseph area. Those interested in joining the Metronet team can visit Metronet.com/careers to search available positions and to submit applications.

City officials interested in adding their community to Metronet's growing list of "Certified Gigabit Cities Powered by Metronet" may visit metronet.com/gigabit-city or contact Eddie Massengale, Metronet Sr. Director of Business Development & Government Affairs at Eddie.Massengale@metronet.com or call 423-280-9031.

About Metronet:

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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 multi-gigabit 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.

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