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MetroNet announces plans to bring gigabit service to Des Moines


Internet provider MetroNet announced today its plans to bring its 100% fiber optic internet, TV and phone service to Des Moines. According to a news release, MetroNet plans to invest about $70 million to build its network in Des Moines. The Evansville, Ind.-based company does not require any investment from communities it serves. MetroNet currently serves Davenport, Bettenford and Ames. It’s in the process of expanding its fiber optic network with up to 1 gigabit per second internet service to several other Iowa communities, including Ankeny, Urbandale, Grimes, Johnston and Clive. Construction of MetroNet’s network is expected to begin this fall, with new customer installations beginning in Spring 2022. Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie said MetroNet’s expansion to Des Moines will help the city achieve its broadband goals. “From the beginning, our goal for broadband services for Des Moines has been access to all homes, schools and businesses, affordability of service for all customers and an activation plan that ensures users understand, appreciate and utilize the benefits of the technology and services,” Cownie said in the release. MetroNet also said it plans to hire people to fill positions to serve Des Moines-area customers.

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