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MetroNet officials give update to City Council

Three MetroNet officials were present during Monday’s Nevada City Council meeting to talk about the company’s progress with offering fiber internet service to Nevada residents and businesses.

Last summer, MetroNet officials announced their hopes to be up and running in Nevada by the end of 2020.

Unfortunately, the company has encountered engineering issues when connecting to Alliant Energy poles.

MetroNet officials said once those poles are released to them by Alliant, they’ll move quickly to get service completed. They indicated the remaining work could be weather-dependent if underground issues arise during the process. Winter isn’t the ideal time to get underground issues fixed.

When asked to give a best-case scenario on when they can be up and running, MetroNet said it’s hard to do. They are hopeful to have some Nevada customers and businesses ready to hook up in a couple of months, but it is hard to pinpoint an exact timeline at this time.
MetroNet indicated they would release 50 poles at a time when work starts, and Nevada has around 650 poles to eventually hook up.

Councilman Brian Hanson said he’d like to see MetroNet communicate better with the City and residents on the company’s progress. Hanson said he, like others, is anxious to be hooked up.

MetroNet officials were asked to keep the City and City Council updated as they move forward.

–Written by Marlys Barker, City of Nevada

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