Mason City, Iowa is being added to a growing list of medium-sized Midwestern communities who are expansion targets of Indiana-based MetroNet. As reported by KIMT-TV, the Mason City City Council last night (3/2/21) unanimously approved a letter agreement with MetroNet to bring FTTH to "at least 85%" of the homes and businesses in Mason City.
Mason City is the latest of 90 communities in nine states targeted by MetroNet, including several in Iowa. MetroNet has projects under construction in Davenport, Bettendorf, Ames, Nevada, and LeClaire in Iowa. It has announced plans to begin work in 2021 in the Des Moines suburbs of Johnston and Urbandale as well as portions of other communities in the metro area.
MetroNet's intention to pass most, but not all, premises in Mason City is not unusual. The company usually does not commit to ubiquitous coverage, citing economics. For example, in Johnston the company has stated it will pass 90% of the city's premises, and City leaders are researching how to serve the ones left behind.
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