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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - An Indiana company has expressed interest in a possible cable TV franchise in Rochester, which currently has just one provider.

MetroNet currently serves more than 50 markets in Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. The company says it specializes in fiber optic services that include television, high-speed internet, and phone. The Rochester City Council Monday night authorized staff to begin the franchise negotiating process. Staff told the council MetroNet “is very eager to provide service to the Rochester community.” The council was told a public hearing on the request will be scheduled in October if the company submits an application for a franchise.

Here is more information from the company’s website:

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 a home security product called MetroNet SmartHome.

We got our start in 2005, with our first fiber optic network in Greencastle, Indiana, and have since expanded into 50+ communities throughout Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky. All MetroNet services are delivered across our 100% fiber optic network made up of thousands of miles of fiber optic cables connected directly to homes and businesses.

At MetroNet, we are committed to bringing state-of-the-art telecommunication services to the communities we serve delivering services that are comparable or superior to those offered in large metropolitan areas. This commitment not only means better TV, Internet, and phone options for our customers today but also the capacity to continually provide additional products and services in the future as new uses for 100% fiber are developed.

Our commitment to our communities doesn’t stop at bringing exciting new technology. We’re also proud to have local retail stores, staffed with friendly associates and technicians who actually live in the communities we serve. We find it is always reassuring to see a familiar face when your services are installed or when you stop by our store. Our innovative store design allows customers to test drive MetroNet products at interactive kiosks, sign up for services, pay their bills, and much more.
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