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Fiber optic network coming to Rocky Mount

Posted on May 20, 2022

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ROCKY MOUNT — Metronet and city officials have announced a partnership that will soon bring ultra-high-speed 100% fiber optic internet to homes and businesses throughout the city. 

The nation’s largest independently owned 100% fiber optic provider, Metronet will fully fund the construction project that will bring Rocky Mount to the frontline of modern technology.

“Residents and businesses will soon be able to experience a future-proof network in a time when reliable access has become critical,” said John Cinelli, Metronet CEO. “Rocky Mount will soon have access to the benefits of a future-proof fiber optic network capable of providing multi-gigabit speeds with XGS PON technology, including 5GB. We are thrilled to join the Rocky Mount community as we prepare to provide ultra-high-speed services.”

Metronet’s two-year construction project will begin this fall with the first Rocky Mount customers able to receive service in early 2023. Once construction is completed, Rocky Mount will become North Carolina’s newest Gigabit City, with symmetrical upload and download speeds from Metronet of up to 1,000 mbps.   

Mayor Sandy Roberson thanked Metronet for its decision to build a valuable fiber optic network that will enhance the quality of life for the city’s residents.

“The City of Rocky Mount is delighted to partner with Metronet to bring lightning-fast internet speeds to residents throughout our city,” Roberson said. “We understand the importance of fast, reliable internet connectivity for our work lives, schools, streaming, and keeping in touch with friends and family. Metronet’s investment will provide an improved quality of life and will support our city’s continued economic development ambitions.”

The announcement is the latest step in Metronet’s progress to bring gigabit-speed internet service to more cities in North Carolina. Already underway are fiber optic construction projects in Fayetteville, Greenville, New Bern, Jacksonville, Morehead City and more cities.

Residents and businesses interested in Metronet services may visit MetronetInc.com/iwantfiber to indicate interest and to receive construction updates.

Once pre-construction activities begin this fall, Rocky Mount residents will begin to see Metronet trucks throughout the area. Residents will receive communication by mail about construction activity in their neighborhood 30 days prior to starting. Additional messaging, such as yard signs, will be provided to notify residents of when construction is beginning in their neighborhood. Metronet crews are identified by ID tags and branded Metronet vehicles.

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