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Jacksonville On Way to Gaining Certified Gigabit City Status

MetroNet Begins Construction on Jacksonville’s 100% Fiber Optic Network

MetroNet today announced plans to provide Jacksonville, North Carolina with MetroNet’s ultra-high-speed 100 percent fiber optic internet to businesses and residents throughout the City. MetroNet, the nation’s largest independently owned, 100 percent fiber optic provider, will fully fund the construction through a multimillion-dollar investment. Construction will begin today with the first customers coming online as neighborhood buildouts are completed.

The two-year construction plan officially kicked-off today with preliminary construction taking place along Huff Drive. Residential construction is expected to begin in the coming weeks. As construction continues throughout the community, customers may sign up for presale which will place them on the top of the list when installations are available in their area. Those interested in MetroNet services may visit to be notified when their address is available for installation and to sign up for presale.

“Jacksonville is a young and fast-growing city, deeply connected to the world through the presence of so many military heroes that make this city their home,” said Sammy Phillips, Mayor of the City of Jacksonville. “That connection is about to be dramatically expanded, as MetroNet’s fiber optic network begins to deliver gigabit-speed internet directly into Jacksonville homes and businesses.”

“MetroNet is proud to soon be adding Jacksonville to our growing list of Certified Gigabit Cities, and we look forward to providing Jacksonville residents with modern, ultra-high-speed internet experiences of the future,” said John Cinelli, MetroNet’s CEO. “We are grateful for Mayor Phillips’ leadership, and dedication that will bring future-proof services to residents and businesses of Jacksonville.”

MetroNet brings fiber optic services directly to homes and businesses in underserved communities in America with affordable, symmetrical speeds up to 10 Gigabits with no long-term contracts. The company expects its network to be available to more than one million residential households and business locations in the near term, providing more service options to hundreds of communities.

Residents in construction areas will receive communication by mail about construction activity in their neighborhood 30 days prior to beginning and the company provides additional messaging, such as yard signs, to let residents know when the temporary construction process is beginning in their neighborhood. MetroNet crews are marked by ID tags and branded vehicles.

MetroNet is one of the fastest-growing providers of fiber optic high-speed services in the nation and is known for its outstanding customer service provided by a strong local presence. Residents and businesses that are interested in MetroNet services may visit to indicate their interest and to receive updates on construction in their area. MetroNet will establish a retail storefront located in Jacksonville for customers to have direct access to customer service and sales.

About MetroNet:

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, full-featured Fiber Phone, and Fiber IPTV with a wide variety of programming. MetroNet started in 2005 with one fiber optic network in Greencastle, Indiana, and has since grown to serving and constructing networks in more than 120 communities across Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, Wisconsin, and Missouri. 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. 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


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