MetroNet and the City of Ankeny announced a partnership that will bring MetroNet's 100% fiber optic internet, TV and phone to businesses and residents. As part of the agreement, MetroNet will invest more than $15 million in the city and surrounding community while bringing fiber-to-the-home directly to residents.
MetroNet anticipates that construction will begin in the summer of 2021, with installations available in the months that follow. Construction is to be completed in approximately two years. Learn more about the MetroNet construction process.
Any questions or concerns should be directed to MetroNet directly:
- Call MetroNet Customer Care: 877-386-3876
- Visit https://metronet.com/construction and click on the ASK QUESTIONS tab to submit your questions, concerns, or report a damage/restoration issue.
MetroNet promises to answer all inquiries and address any concerns within 24 hours (one business day Monday - Friday) and to repair any damage occurring during construction of our network.
- I've received information from MetroNet. Who are they?
MetroNet is a leading provider of 100% fiber optic internet, television, and telephone services. MetroNet has an agreement with the city of Ankeny to install a citywide fiber-optic1 network either underground or on existing utility poles, giving city of Ankeny residents access to gigabit2 speed internet, some of the fastest in the world, along with stunning television picture quality, and clear, reliable telephone service.
MetroNet currently provides service or is under construction in over 100 communities in Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, Florida, and North Carolina. This collaborative investment provides the city of Ankeny residents an additional choice for internet, television, and telephone bringing competition into the marketplace.
MetroNet has a website dedicated to addressing any questions or concerns residents may have about the construction process. Visit the MetroNet Construction website or call 877-386-3876.
- Who are these people in my yard? Are they allowed to be there?
Yes. MetroNet established a franchise agreement with the city of Ankeny, and they are obtaining the necessary permits to build out their network. Just like other utility companies, MetroNet has the right to access the city's right-of-way, which extends across streets from sidewalk to sidewalk, and easement areas, typically located along the street, the sidewalk, the rear lot line, or between two lots. Utility companies use easements to construct and maintain overhead and underground lines. MetroNet crews have legal access to these areas to install their fiber cables, in addition to equipment such as boxes buried at ground level, typically placing them in a central location utilized by multiple utility providers. If your easement is within a fenced area of your property, MetroNet will need access to this area as well. For more information about easements, and what you can expect during construction, click the CONSTRUCTION PROCESS tab at the MetroNet Construction website. If you have questions or concerns, call MetroNet's customer care line at 877-386-3876.
- What if my lawn, fence, etc. is damaged during construction?
The construction phase of this project is temporary, and MetroNet crews do their best to minimize the impact to property; however, technicians do need to either hang fiber-optic cables on utility poles or run them underground in order to extend service to subscribing residents. MetroNet has a website dedicated to addressing any questions or concerns residents may have about construction. Visit the MetroNet Construction website and click on the ASK QUESTIONS tab to submit your question or concern. Residents can also call 877-386-3876. MetroNet promises to answer all inquiries and address any concerns within 24 hours (one business day Monday through Friday) and to repair any damage occurring during construction of their network.
- Can I move the flags in my yard?
Please do not remove the flags. MetroNet is legally required to have utilities locate their underground transmission line, such as gas, water, and electric lines prior to construction. The flags show where the existing utilities are, helping MetroNet crews avoid these areas. Once these colorful flags or temporary landscape-safe spray paint appear in your yard, or along the street, construction should begin within a week. Once construction is complete, the flags will be removed. Weather permitting, MetroNet will rake, seed, and straw your lawn in the areas where digging occurred.
- Should I notify MetroNet if I have a sprinkler system, dog fence, sump pump line, or other underground facilities?
Yes. You can mark your sprinkler system, dog fence, sump pump line etc. with white flags or landscape-safe spray paint. You can also notify MetroNet online by clicking the ASK QUESTIONS tab at the MetroNet Construction website or by calling 877-386-3876.
- Why is MetroNet going through my yard? I never said I wanted the service!
MetroNet is creating a fiber network throughout the city, so people who want to sign up for service may do so. As with other utilities, the goal is to make it as widely accessible as possible, although there is obviously no requirement for any home sign up for service.
- How long will MetroNet be in my yard doing work?
MetroNet workers may be in your yard from 30 minutes up to one day. If other utilities are overhead, MetroNet will install the fiber optic cables on existing poles. If utilities are underground, MetroNet will bury the network in those same areas. Before doing underground work, MetroNet will have the other utility companies locate their transmission lines and will temporarily move any obstacles within the utility easement.
- What’s a utility easement?
Utility easements are located on most properties and are designated by city ordinance to be accessible to utilities, such as gas, water, electric, and cable providers. MetroNet signed a franchise agreement with the city of Ankeny to locate its fiber-optic network in these utility easements. MetroNet's construction website contains a wealth of information about what to expect during construction, including a video explaining utility easements. Visit the CONSTRUCTION PROCESS tab at the MetroNet Construction website to view the video and read additional information regarding construction.