MetroNet plans to build fiber-optic network across College Station

MetroNet announced a plan on Wednesday morning to build a 100% fiber-optic network for all businesses and residents in the city.
Published: Jul. 7, 2021 at 8:07 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 7, 2021 at 6:10 PM CDT
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COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KBTX) - Internet service provider MetroNet on Wednesday announced plans to build a 100 percent fiber-optic network to serve the entire city of College Station.

The project will create a completely fiber-optic internet, television and landline phone service network for businesses and residents across the city.

According to a press release from the company, the project will be fully funded by MetroNet. Company officials say the new network will provide customers with Gigabit speed internet service.

“Right now I’m paying $200 for just internet and cable,” said Anne Boykin, a College Station resident. She said she’s been waiting for an announcement like this for awhile.

Boykin says she depends on the internet every day and would like more provider options.

“All day everyday. Being disabled, I don’t drive. I don’t even have a car. I’m the queen of having everything delivered,” she said.

The company previously announced a partnership with the City of Bryan in May. Kathy Scheller, MetroNet Director of Government Relations, said they were drawn to the College Station area because it’s a college town.

“We’re really excited. We’re in our pre-construction phase in College Station and so we’re kind of looking to our design and looking at the layout of the city,” said Scheller.

Their internet plans start at under $50 a month.

“There will be a direct economic impact upon MetroNet coming in. We will use local crews from the area for the deployment and once we get the fiber in the ground or in the community we’ll have technicians, we’ll have sales associates,” Scheller said.

College Station’s Mayor said it’s a win for businesses and consumers.

“This is going to make College Station a much more attractive place and for people that want to live here or who already live here knowing that they can make the connections with those businesses while still living here in College Station is going to up the opportunities for those folks,” said Mayor Karl Mooney.

Boykin thinks the competition will be good for the community.

“We desperately need another option,” Boykin said.

MetroNet expects to have their first customers in College Station next year.

Texas is the 11th state they are expanding services in. Bryan is their first Texas city to offer services.

The City of Bryan is already working on plans to bring MetroNet’s fiber-optic network as soon as spring of next year.

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