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MetroNet begins construction after permit delays

September 12, 2018

DeKALB – After a delay in acquiring necessary permits for the project, MetroNet has begun installing a fiber optic network that will bring its high-speed internet, television and phone service to DeKalb.

Work that was scheduled to begin Aug. 1 is now in progress, including in residential areas, according to a news release from the city of DeKalb. The three initial areas of construction include the Bridges of Rivermist subdivision, an area within and around the Knolls at Prairie Creek subdivision, and an area consisting mostly of Heatherstone Park and DeKalb High School.

Residents of those areas should have received prior notice from MetroNet, according to a news release. The city also has sent messages via the Alert DeKalb system notifying subscribers in these areas.

Construction will occur above and below ground in the existing utility easements. MetroNet is required to obtain the necessary City permits prior to beginning work.

While residents have a choice of whether or not they wish to connect their home to MetroNet services, the same is not true of fiber lines installed in easements. MetroNet is granted access to utility easements like other utility providers, the release said.

In many instances, MetroNet contractors will need to access residential yards during construction work. Contractors should be identifiable through vehicle markings and personal identification badges that display the MetroNet logo.

For more information, contact MetroNet at 877-386-3876 or visit metronetinc.com/construction. If questions persist or an issue remains unresolved, residents are asked to call the city’s Public Works Department at 815-748-2030.

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