St. Charles to Become Next Kane County 'Gigabit City'

St. Charles to Become Next Kane County ‘Gigabit City’

Geneva isn’t the only Kane County community going for a high-speed, fiber-optic upgrade.

Fiber-optic communications service provider MetroNet announced this month that it will expand into St. Charles, with construction of its multimillion-dollar 100 percent fiber network commencing by the end of October. The announcement follows approval of the local franchise agreement between MetroNet and the city of St. Charles at the City Council meeting on Oct. 2.

With construction of MetroNet’s state-of-the-art fiber infrastructure, St. Charles residents can look forward to the benefits of living in a “Gigabit City” that only a handful of communities nationwide currently enjoy, MetroNet said in a news release.

Through state-of-the-art fiber infrastructure, residential consumers in St. Charles will have access to Internet speeds of up to one Gigabit per second and interactive fiber TV service with incredible picture quality, plus feature-rich and reliable fiber phone service.

Company Executive Vice President and General Manager Kevin Stelmach said fiber technology has advantages for any community.

“A 100 percent fiber network offers greater bandwidth than most legacy networks are able to offer, providing consumers with greater speeds and better service quality.“ Stelmach added, “With virtually unlimited bandwidth capacity, fiber networks have the potential to positively impact a community by making things like telecommuting, distance learning and tele-medicine possible.”

MetroNet plans to offer a full suite of business communications services ranging from a scalable-hosted PBX phone solution for small and medium businesses all the way up to customized network services tailored to the specific needs of larger customers.

Prior to starting construction work in a neighborhood, MetroNet will mail each resident a letter explaining its construction process and providing contact information to report any issues or concerns. Informational yard signs will also be placed in each yard with company contact information. Residents may also go to the company’s website to view construction areas and details about construction process and to submit questions.

About MetroNet

MetroNet, a cutting-edge communications service provider, delivers the latest in fiber television technology, high-speed Internet, and local and long distance phone service over its 100% fiber optic network. Headquartered in Evansville, Ind. and serving more than 30 communities in Indiana and Illinois, MetroNet provides fiber-to-the-premise technology to homes and businesses within its footprint giving its customers state-of-the art quality, speed and reliability.

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