Commissioners and MetroNet Connect for Roanoke
July 14, 2015
Huntington County Economic Development Corporation
, announced the completion of the fiber infrastructure project to bring high speed digital telecommunications service to the residents of Roanoke, Indiana. The two year installation project was recently completed and MetroNet announced it already serves over 200 consumers in Roanoke.
MetroNet invested nearly $1.2 million to create the opportunity for consumers to have fiber to the premises technology available. The Huntington County Board of Commissioners offered a grant of CEDIT funds to encourage the company to do the project.
Huntington County Commissioner Tom Wall observed that, "Since 2009, MetroNet has invested over $15 million in Huntington County to establish high speed internet and other telecommunications systems." The Company serves customers in and around the City of Huntington as well as Roanoke. MetroNet also serves the Huntington County Community School Corporation, resulting in additional infrastructure in Warren, Indiana too.
Pictured below from left to right: Mark Wickersham, Executive Director of HCED, Steve Biggerstaff, Site Selection Consultant for MetroNet, Erin Covey, Market Supervisor at MetroNet, Rob Miller, Commissioner, Tom Wall, Commissioner, Steve Jaworowski, Director of Residential Sales & Operations for MetroNet, Ryan Carroll of Bippus State Bank, and Col. Perry Collins (Ret. USAF).
"We normally conduct a ribbon cutting for new business ventures, however, something about the image of a large pair of scissors and a strand of fiber optic telecommunications wire just didn't seem right to us," said Mark Wickersham, executive director of Huntington County Economic Development Corporation. "So instead, Commissioner Wall is shown holding a service terminal box while the rest of us in the photo are holding a piece of fiber optic telecommunications wire connecting to the terminal," he said. "This symbolizes that with the help of the County Commissioners and MetroNet, Roanoke residents are now connected," he concluded.
"Steve Biggerstaff, Site Selection Consultant for MetroNet, remarked, "Projects like this simply couldn't happen without the help of the Commissioners. We have a tremendous relationship with Huntington County and really appreciate the help of both the economic development agency and the elected officials," he said.