MetroNet is expanding to another city in Florida, announcing a multimillion-dollar investment that brings ultra-high-speed 100 percent fiber optic internet to businesses and residents in Palm Coast.
The Indiana-based telecommunications company, in collaboration with Mayor David Alfin and several other city representatives, announced a $50 million investment that will fund infrastructure to bring high-speed fiber directly to homes and businesses throughout Palm Coast using 3 million linear feet of fiber. The move marks the second community in Florida to have access to MetroNet services, following Tallahassee, and will be the first community outside of the Panhandle that will power up with MetroNet’s gigabit speeds.
Construction is set to begin in the spring of 2022 with the first customers connected as early as fall of 2022. When complete, Palm Coast will join the country’s internet elite as a Certified Gigabit City.
“We are pleased to welcome MetroNet to Palm Coast,” said Alfin. “Our residents and businesses deserve access to high-speed, reliable internet now more than ever and this investment from MetroNet will help us realize that goal. We look forward to MetroNet becoming a vital part of our community and seeing the impact that their 100 percent fiber optic network will have on our continued growth.
Palm Coast residents can expect to see MetroNet trucks throughout the area as pre-construction activities begin. 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.
Additionally, MetroNet says they plan to construct a retail storefront in Palm Coast for customers to have direct access to customer service and sales.
“Palm Coast will be the launching pad for MetroNet’s future Florida growth and will soon become a Certified Gigabit City,” said John Cinelli, MetroNet CEO. “Residents and businesses will soon be able to experience a future-proof network in a time when reliable access has become critical.”
MetroNet notes that they will also hire local market management positions, sales and customer service professionals and service technicians to support the Palm Coast area.
The company was created in 2005 by Cinelli and currently serves communities in 14 states.