Banned Broadband Back on Boring Bandwagon


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Earlier this summer, work on Meridian Township’s underground broadband infrastructure came to a halt when the contractor hit a gas line. As WILX-TV reports, the Michigan community put a hold on further digging until safety concerns prompted by the June mishap were resolved. 

Dan Opsommer, Assistant Township Manager, has announced that the project is ready to resume, but with a new contractor in charge of the boring. MetroNet engaged the original contractor, International Inc., which has since been removed from the job and banned from doing additional work on the project. 

Newly hired contractor, Cano’s Services, LLC is expected to begin work this month. “The work will consist of boring conduit for underground fiber to provide broadband internet services,” stated Opsommer. “MetroNet was required to update all pre-existing permits before resuming work.”  

According to WILX, International Inc. hit a gas line on June 28, and refused to stop working. Fire Department and Department of Public Works personnel rushed to the scene and compelled the contractor to stop digging.

“Public safety is critical,” noted Opsommer, “Which is why the Township banned the previous subcontractor from working in the public right-of-way. We hope the new subcontractor MetroNet has hired will meet our expectations for public safety and customer service. We will continue to monitor all private utility companies working in the right-of-way.” Opsommer added that the ban against International Inc. would be enforced indefinitely.  

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