April 06, 2022 — WATERLOO, Iowa–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Metronet today announced that the company will bring gigabit-speed, 100 percent fiber optic internet service directly to homes and businesses of the City of Waterloo. Metronet’s fully funded multimillion-dollar investment will provide residents and businesses with access to a reliable, ultra-high-speed internet. Upon completion, Waterloo will be deemed a Gigabit City with Metronet’s future-proof network.
The two-year construction project will begin this summer, with the first customers receiving service before the end of 2022. Once completed, Waterloo will join Ames, Bettendorf, Davenport, Ankeny and nearly two dozen other Iowa cities in becoming a Gigabit City. Only about 40 percent of households in the U.S. have access to symmetrical upload and download gigabit (1,000 mbps) speeds that only fiber optic networks can provide.
“Metronet is thrilled to soon deliver a future-proof internet infrastructure to Waterloo residents and businesses,” said John Cinelli, Metronet CEO. “Reliable internet access is critical, and with this expansion, the community will be able to easily work, learn and entertain with our XGS PON technology that is capable of providing multi-gigabit speeds, including 5GB, in the very near future.”
Those interested in Metronet services may visit MetronetInc.com/iwantfiber to indicate interest and to receive construction updates.
When pre-construction activities begin, Waterloo residents will see Metronet trucks throughout the area. Residents will also receive communication by mail about construction activity in their neighborhood 30 days prior to starting. Additional messaging, such as yard signs, will also be provided to notify residents when construction is beginning in their neighborhood. Metronet crews are identified by ID tags and branded Metronet vehicles.
Metronet plans to hire local sales and customer service professionals along with service technicians to support the Waterloo area. Those interested in joining the Metronet team can visit MetronetInc.com/careers to search available positions and to submit applications.