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Mayor Jim Gray, along with MetroNet executives, and the first MetroNet customers were present to open the retail location on West Tiverton Way, and to officially activate a 100% fiber optic network that, upon completion, will make Lexington the nation’s largest gigabit city.

 

MetroNet began construction in Lexington in January 2018, with Hamburg neighborhoods seeing activity first. Hamburg residents saw a series of letters, postcards, and yard markers that indicated MetroNet was in the neighborhood and constructing the 100% fiber optic network.

Currently, only a small fraction of Lexington customers can purchase MetroNet internet, as the company continues to build its network throughout the city.

MetroNet Lexington Construction Map

A construction map on the MetroNet website provides an overview of construction areas (pictured right). The areas in green are active, yellow is under construction, and blue represents future construction.

Mayor Jim Gray’s fiber optic initiative began in 2014. The activation of MetroNet’s fiber optic network makes good on his promise to establish the best infrastructure for phone, television, and internet services in Lexington. Gray maintains that this development is essential in stimulating economic growth, creating  jobs, and increasing competition in the city.

100% fiber optic network can carry an unlimited amount of data across glass-fiber cables. A gigabit speed connection is capable of downloading a 90-minute high definition movie in approximately 30 seconds, as opposed to 30 minutes over a cable-wire connection.

 

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