Deal leaves Franklin nearly blanketed with fiber-optic cable

High-speed Internet lines will run past every home and business in three Johnson County communities once a utility project is complete.

Communications company Metronet has spent $17 million so far locally installing fiber-optic cable, or hair-thin strands of glass that can quickly transmit large amounts of data. The company is in the process of running 150 miles of cable down every residential block and past every storefront in Franklin, Whiteland and New Whiteland.

Franklin is giving the company a break on its property taxes over the next two decades because of the size of the investment and the creation of a fiber-optic network that any home or small business could hook directly onto, Franklin Mayor Joe McGuinness said. Other companies have local fiber-optic lines, but none currently offers connections to every home, he said.

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