Rochester City Council approves new broadband provider – Metronet

KTTC reports

A new high-speed internet provider is getting the go-ahead to break into the Rochester market after Monday nights city council meeting.

It’s a service called “Metronet.” City leaders hope it gives residents an affordable option for internet access.

Metronet now has up to five years to supply fiber optic cable to 80 percent of Rochester.

The broadband will come to town in preexisting poles and where there’s not a pole, they’ll add underground lines.

This comes after an unanimous vote from city leaders.

The city will get direct benefits…

According to the contract, Metronet service will also provide service for Rochester schools and other public buildings, free of charge.

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