January 26, 2022

On the Road with ACACommunities – MetroNet

“We want to go to places where people want us,” MetroNet President and CEO John Cinelli says in this new ACACommunities video.

Based in Evansville, Indiana, MetroNet got its start in 2005, entering markets with fiber-to-the-customer broadband facilities well ahead of the competition. Which means a lot of places and people have wanted MetroNet as a service provider.

Initially focused on its Indiana homebase, MetroNet in recent years decided to branch out into neighboring states, including Kentucky to its immediate south.

“We were surprised nobody had overbuilt Lexington (Ky.) with fiber,” Cinelli says, “because it’s a phenomenal community.”

Lexington — a university town with 100,000 passings made up of homes and a variety of businesses and anchor institutions — became one of MetroNet’s most important projects, requiring close public and private engagement to ensure safety in deployment and quality of service.

“We thought that town would take us about four years to build. We did it in two-and-a-half years,” Cinelli says, adding that Lexington was double the size of its largest market before it got the green light from city fathers to build the future and offer badly needed choice.

Enjoy the video!