Oswego Approves Agreement for 1 Gigabit Communication Service
Aug 18, 2016 09:50AM ● Published by Steven Jack
The likes of Comcast and AT&T are about to get some competition from a new high-speed internet, TV and phone service provider in Oswego.
The Village Board approved Tuesday night a franchise agreement with Metronet — a high-speed fiber-optic communication company based in Indiana. The agreement will allow the company to bring its 1 Gigabit fiber internet, TV and phone service to Oswego in the coming months.
The company estimates it will take about three years to cover 70 percent of the Oswego market with service. In general, certain neighborhoods on the western and southern ends of the Village would not be included in the initial service footprint.
VIEW A MAP OF THE INITIAL OSWEGO SERVICE AREA IN THE PDF ATTACHED ABOVE
Other areas would not be eligible for service until 15 qualified households within 1,200 feet of a distribution cable signed up for MetroNet service.
MetroNet has been looking to expand into Oswego for the past two years, and has been working with village staff during that time.
Kathy Scheller, MetroNet's external affairs manager, said that unlike Comcast, MetroNet's dedicated service is not shared with neighbors and comes directly into a customer's home, allowing for faster download speeds and clearer TV and phone service. Prices will be comparable to that of Comcast, Scheller has said.
MetroNet is currently in 25 communities in Indiana, and the company is expanding into the Chicago market. The village of Plainfield approved a franchise agreement with the company in January, and service could be available to residents there in about the next month.