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Posted on: December 14, 2022

Moline to become "Certified Gigabit City"

Fiber

Metronet and the City of Moline are pleased to announce that Metronet will construct a 100 percent fiber optic network that will deliver multi-gigabit speed internet service directly to the homes and businesses of the City of Moline. Metronet will fully-fund the multimillion-dollar construction and operation of the Moline network with private capital, as it has in communities throughout the Quad Cities. 

Metronet’s citywide construction process will begin in the spring of 2023 with the first customers connected as early as fall of 2023. Once completed, Moline will join the rest of the Quad Cities in becoming a Certified Gigabit City Powered by Metronet, with access to symmetrical, multi-gigabit internet speeds of up to 10 gigabits. Residents and businesses interested in Metronet services may visit Metronet.com to learn more.

"Since 2021 and the creation of our Strategic Plan, the City Council has sought to fulfill the desire of many residents for a second broadband provider in the city,” said Moline Mayor Sangeetha Rayapati. “We are pleased to have been able to deliver on that strategic goal and look forward to a collaborative partnership with Metronet going forward."

“We applaud the City of Moline’s leadership whose vision for world-class internet infrastructure for Moline made today’s announcement possible,” said John Cinelli, CEO of Metronet. “We are grateful for the City of Moline’s support and look forward to providing them with a network that will support their goals for growth and prosperity.”

Once pre-construction activities begin, Moline residents will see Metronet trucks throughout the area. Residents will 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. 

“With the City Council’s approval of the Metronet Development Agreement to provide fiber to the premises of all homes and businesses in Moline, we are one step closer to becoming a smart city,” said Moline City Administrator Bob Vitas. “We are excited to move forward in 2023 with the construction of the fiber network and to offer our citizens and businesses another alternative for all their technology needs.”

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