Metronet to fund Loves Park, Ill., fiber optic network with $9 million investment

(UI) – Metronet plans to bring multi-gigabit internet service to homes and businesses in Loves Park. The company’s private, $9M investment will fund the construction of a 100% fiber-optic network in the city that, once completed, will transform Loves Park into a Gigabit City.

Construction activities began earlier this month, with the first customers beginning to receive service this fall. Metronet vehicles will be seen around the city, installing fiber-optic cable on telephone poles and underground.

With this network, internet speeds as fast as 2 Gigabits per second (Gbps) will be available to homes, and 10 Gbps for businesses. Only fiber-optic networks allow internet speeds to be symmetrical, meaning that upload speeds are as fast as download speeds.

"Metronet helps communities to thrive and prosper through advanced fiber-optic infrastructure,” stated Ben Ruzick, Metronet’s government affairs director. “We deeply appreciate the support from the city, and we look forward to providing blazing-fast internet speeds to the city’s homes and businesses."

Metronet plans to hire local market management positions, sales and customer service professionals and service technicians to support the Loves Park area. Those interested in joining the Metronet team can visit to search available positions and to submit applications.

In addition to Loves Park, Metronet’s multigigabit-speed internet service is now accessible in several Illinois cities, including Colona, Cortland, East Moline, Hampton, Le Roy, Milan, Moline, Rock Island, Silvis, Towanda, and soon, Machesney Park.

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