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MetroNet said today that it is building a symmetrical, gigabit speed and fully fiber network in Tyler, Texas and the surrounding areas. MetroNet will fully fund the project, with construction beginning in the autumn and service next spring, according to the company.

The system will provide TV, phone and Internet service. Tyler is the third project in Texas for MetroNet, which is active in 12 states and aims to provide service to a total of 1 million businesses and residential customers “in the near term.”

Evansville, IN-based MetroNet says that it will open a storefront in Tyler and hire local sales, customer service and service technicians. Communications about activity in specific neighborhoods will be mailed 30 days prior to work commencing.

In addition to Texas, MetroNet is active in Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia and Wisconsin. It is bringing service to more than 100 communities, the company says.

“By providing a choice, MetroNet’s future-proof fiber optic network will be an asset to the businesses and residents that make Tyler a unique and forward-thinking community,” the company’s CEO John Cinelli said in a press release. We appreciate the support we’ve received already from Tyler and city leadership.”

MetroNet clearly is in an expansion phase.

Earlier this month, the company said that it would invest $12 million to $15 million in Wisconsin, its most recently added state. The city of La Crosse is the initial market.

In July, MetroNet announced its second Texas project, which is in College Station.

The company announced an investment in April from Oak Hill Capital and KKR. At the time, MetroNet said that the deal was expected to close during the third quarter of the year.

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