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Posted on: April 22, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Mayor Kenneth Alexander Announces Partnership with MetroNet

Partnership makes Norfolk a Gigabit City

NORFOLK, VA – Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander announced today that MetroNet has been working with City officials to make Norfolk a Gigabit City. MetroNet, provides high-speed Internet, voice and video services to business and residential subscribers over a 100% fiber infrastructure. They currently offer some of the fastest Internet speeds available anywhere in the United States.


“I know the citizens and businesses in Norfolk will welcome MetroNet to our community and all the benefits that their services will bring. Amid COVID-19, the City of Norfolk’s need for increased broadband access has become even more apparent for our businesses and schools with virtual learning and remote work at the forefront. High-speed fiber internet will increase technological capabilities throughout the City.  These increased services will help close the digital divide for our residents and businesses.” – Mayor Kenneth Cooper Alexander, Ph.D.


MetroNet is the largest privately owned fiber to the premise company in the country and will be working with the City to start their construction process later this year. MetroNet privately funds their projects, will establish local retail stores and create local jobs.  “This investment puts the City on an elite path to becoming a Gigabit City and we are excited to partner with MetroNet to make this happen. High speed fiber is critical to attracting and retaining businesses in our targeted business sectors.” – Jared Chalk, Director of Development.


“MetroNet’s entrance into our market is a game changer for Norfolk.  Its fiber-based, ultra-high speed, affordable connectivity will help us address digital equity and create an infrastructure that will allow Norfolk residents and businesses to thrive in our digital universe.” – Andria McClellan, Norfolk City Council Member & Vice Chair of the Southside Network Authority.


Headquartered in Evansville, Indiana, MetroNet is a customer-focused company providing cutting-edge fiber optic telecommunication services, including high-speed Fiber Internet, full-featured Fiber Phone, Fiber IPTV with a wide variety of programming and products. MetroNet is the largest privately owned fiber to the premise company in the country. They currently have customers in 100+ communities across nine states.