Metronet Discussion Planned for Wednesday

 A Metronet 101 roundtable discussion is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 13 at 5:30 p.m. ET at the St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Plymouth.

The Marshall County Economic Development Corporation is sponsoring the event which will explain the advantages of dark fiber, what service providers can offer and how to get connected.

Bart Trester from USI is the project manager of the Metronet project and informed the Marshall County Commissioners last week that the construction project on U.S. 31 from Ireland Road to Kern Road in St. Joseph County is holding up the installation of 8,000 to 9,000 lineal feet. INDOT is building a bridge at the location and may affect the initial depth of where the conduit would need to be installed.

In all, 85,000 lineal feet of conduit has been installed from St. Joseph County to Marshall County. Once the conduit construction is complete, the fiber optic cable will be installed. The fiber will allow businesses a more efficient connectivity to conduct important business with other companies to enhance productivity in the county.

The project is expected to be complete in November.