Lexington will have new option for cable, high-speed internet

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Mayor Jim Gray announced on Tuesday that the people of Lexington would soon have a new option for cable and internet service.

Indiana-based MetroNet plans to start building its fiber-optic network in January. The company hopes to complete the $70 million project by the summer of 2018.

“The people of Lexington have been crying out for a new competitor to bring improved television, faster internet speeds, and caring customer service,” Gray said. “MetroNet not only solves those problems, but it turns Lexington into the nation’s largest gigabit city, with some of the fastest internet speeds in the world. That’s the fuel needed by a University City with expanding technology jobs and advanced industries across the city.”

MetroNet is covering the cost of the project.

MetroNet President John Cinelli said, “What attracted us to Lexington is Mayor Gray’s determination to transform Lexington into a gigabit city, and to provide citizens with a television alternative. We know we’re going to love being in Lexington -- it’s a dense, vibrant city that’s growing at a rapid pace and clearly will thrive with state-of-the-art telecommunications infrastructure. We’re very happy to soon be a part of the fabric of this great city.”

The Urban County Council is expected to vote to put a cable franchise, requested by MetroNet, on the docket for Thursday’s Council meeting. A franchise agreement with the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government is required before a telecommunications company or utility can begin work in the city’s right-of-way, where telephone poles and underground utilities are located.

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