Lexington to Become Largest 'Gigabit City' in the US

Nov 14, 2017

Directly behind Mayor Jim Gray is John Cinelli, President of MetroNet. On the right is company founder, Al Cinelli.
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 Residents of Lexington and Fayette County will soon have a new option for cable television, Internet and even telephone service.

Mayor Jim Gray announced Tuesday that the community will soon be one of the nation’s only “Gigabit Cities.”   

Standing beside a huge roll of fiber optic cable, Mayor Gray welcomed Indiana-based MetroNet to town. 

The firm plans to invest between $70  and $100 million to build a fiber optic network, giving citizens a new choice for cable TV service and transforming  Lexington into the largest city in the nation with gigabit broadband service.

“It’s not often that you get to announce new state of the art infrastructure and technology that will affect nearly every home and business in the city.  Today just happens to be one of those days,” commented the mayor.

MetroNet  officials hope to provide the first residents and businesses in Lexington with the new ultra-fast service in the summer of 2018. 

The announcement follows the recent large number of complaints about the current cable provider and an August public hearing.

In October, the Urban County Council passed a resolution giving Spectrum 30 days to respond to complaints or face fines.

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