Our Year in 2017

Network Growth

Major expansions added more than 28 miles of new fiber to Metronet's network in 2017. The additions brought the benefits of Metronet Zing service to new subscribers and enhanced network reliability. Highlights include:

  • Penn-Harris-Madison Schools – Metronet's longest expansion to serve a single subscriber extended the network by 14.5 miles through Osceola and Mishawaka and connected eight PHM Schools and the corporation's transportation building. The PHM expansion reached south to Meadows Edge, Grissom, and Elm Road schools, east to Moran and Elsie Rogers, and north to Discovery, Mary Frank, Prairie Vista and Walt Disney schools and the transportation center.
  • Four Winds South Bend casino – This extension of more than 1.5 miles brought Metronet to Indiana's only tribal casino, supporting tribal operations and broadening the network's reach into the industrial and commercial areas on the southeast side of South Bend.
  • When Lippert Components expanded into the former AM General warehouse on Byrkit Avenue on Mishawaka's east side, Metronet extended the network nearly 1 mile to serve the company's new location.

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  • The largest network extension for a single subscriber in Metronet's history also furthered our mission to support schools. More than 14 miles of new fiber connected nine additional Penn Harris Madison school buildings and the PHM transportation center. We ended 2017 with 216 miles of fiber in St. Joseph and Marshall counties.
  • Metronet made other significant strides in our continuing commitment to help schools provide the broadband capacity needed to support their education missions. Three Mishawaka School City schools, Mishawaka High, John Young Middle and Emmons Elementary, began service in 2017. Marian High School and St. Matthew, Christ the King and St. Anthony elementary schools also joined the network in 2017, all in addition to the 11 South Bend Community Schools buildings connected the year before.
  • Raclin-Carmichael Hall at the Indiana University Medical School at Notre Dame was connected in 2017.
  • Metronet's unique strength continues to be its network of service providers. They support subscribers with a range of services including shared circuits, IT, cloud computing and offsite data storage and backup. As the network grows, the market expands for these providers.
  • Metronet's growth in 2017 went far beyond expanding the fiber network. A formal process of Enterprise Risk Management looked at the physical network and business operations. A series of initiatives is under way to improve redundancy and make the network and the business more robust.
  • Subscriber outreach and business development will benefit from two other initiatives from 2017. The MetronetZing.org web site was redesigned to better connect with subscribers and service providers. Our offices were expanded and remodeled to better support business operations and staff needs.

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