MetroNet — Faster Internet Coming to Our Area
Writer / Alaina Sullivan
The options available for quality Internet, cable and television services are limited. Some communities only have one or two providers, charging essentially the same for service that is less than ideal. A new option, Metronet, Inc., has been working hard to enter that market and offer one more choice for consumers, fiber optics.
Headquartered is in Evansville, Metronet services smaller cities and towns in Indiana. The company provides cutting-edge fiber optic communication services, which includes high-speed Fiber Internet, Fiber Phone and Fiber IPTV.
According to the site, “Gigabit Internet will unleash a community’s ability to pursue a limitless number of potential applications, new advancements and incredible innovations in the fields of education, entertainment, health care, industrial development and many more.”
Most cable is delivered through copper, which can be a good supply for telephone service and cable television. However, as we consume more and more content, specifically streamed content through video on demand, transfer larger files, and add more and more users in the household the Internet speed can slow down significantly.
“Our services are offered over 100 percent fiber optic connection all the way to the home which allows people to have an amazingly fast Internet experience,” said Keith Leonhardt, the vice president of marketing with Metronet. “Where a lot of Internet providers might max out at 50 or 60 megabits per speed, we have 200 megabits per speed.”
Fiber optic offers incredible speeds in vast capacity and bandwidth said Leonhardt. Users are not be limited by the size of files or amount of users online at any given time.
“While dad is watching traditional televisions, and mom is streaming a show from Hulu, sister might be streaming content from Netflix, and little brother is on his iPad,” said Leonhardt.
Modeled on Leading Industry Examples
Only so much content can go through that strand of copper. With fiber optics, the capacity is almost infinite because you can alternate the frequency the light is bouncing off that tiny hair string of fiber.
Metronet is modeled closely to another fiber optic project being offered in larger communities, the Google fiber project, which was developed as a way to build fiber out to larger cities.
“While we focus on communities that are not so metropolitan, Google is focusing on large cities,” said Leonhardt. “We are wiring up areas with the exact same technology they use.”
Currently, Metronet is in well over a dozen Indiana communities as far south as Vincennes and as far north as North Manchester.
“All of these cities are along fiber runs where they have laid fiber or strung up fiber on utility poles,” said Leonhardt. These cities are places that are literally along fiber routes.
Greenwood, a Gigabit City
Greenwood was one of those locations picked by the company as a potential Gigabit City.
“We look for towns that are like Greenwood that fit profiles for where we have gone and done good business in the past,” said Leonhardt. “Our Board has approved for us to go ahead and invest in building out into Greenwood, which is great news. We are very excited. It is a brilliant market for us, very attractive community that we cannot wait to be a part of.”
The comparison on time might be the difference between 10 to 20 minutes to 30 seconds to a minute in downloading a movie, said Leonhardt.
“People often get really excited when they understand what the power of actual fiber optic is,” said Leonhardt.
Metronet is unable to make an official announcement as to when and where its services will be offered. It is a process to build the infrastructure, but Leonhardt says they expect this to be completed within the 2015 calendar year. However, some Center Grove residents have reported seeing seeing specialized equipment installing fiber along Stones Crossing road.
Do not lose heart if service is not initially offered in your area. “Greenwood is the initial area, but like many communities when we build there initially, we potentially will spend years expanding around into areas that are interested,” said Leonhardt.
People interested in receiving this service are encouraged to contact the company and express their interest.
“When we do officially announce the details of when construction will begin, we will also share a new feature that will be functioning on our website where people will be able to go and enter their address to determine if their area is eligible,” said Leonhardt.
The site is metronetinc.com. If your area is not on that list, you can complete a form to let Metronet know you are interested or can call the company directly at 844-786-8626.