First internet customers in spring

New Bern residents should begin seeing signs this fall announcing the start of construction on MetroNet's fiber optic construction project. The company hopes to have its first area customers online by next spring.

MetroNet took another big step into bringing more internet options to residents in New Bern. 

On Thursday, the company announced construction has officially begun on its 100 percent fiber-optic infrastructure in the colonial capital. 

MetroNet is fully funding the multi-million-dollar investment in infrastructure that will provide New Bern residents and businesses with access to ultra-high-speed fiber optic internet, TV, and phone services.

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In July, the City of New Bern approved the 2021 Make Ready Public Infrastructure for Broadband Service Providers Project Fund. The fund established $7.2 million to facilitate necessary infrastructure work, all reimbursable by MetroNet when construction is completed. 

Upon completion, New Bern will become a Gigabit City through MetroNet’s future-proofed fiber-optic network. New Bern Mayor Dana Outlaw said residents will benefit from the move for years to come. 

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