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Metronet Expands Public Safety Investment in Michigan

EVANSVILLE, Ind.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Metronet has furthered its industry-leading commitment to public safety by announcing Chuck Muller, Metronet Director of Safety & Damage Prevention, has been named to serve on the board of MISS DIG 811— Michigan’s Call Before You Dig safety initiative. Michigan is the fourth state in which a Metronet executive serves on the board for 811 safe digging initiatives. The expansion of Metronet leadership in Michigan’s statewide safety emphasizes Metronet’s continued commitment to working alongside industry leaders in order to promote safe digging practices.

During his three-year term on MISS DIG 811’s Board of Directors, Muller will serve as Chair of the Public Education Committee. Muller has led safety initiatives for Metronet in several states throughout the company’s footprint, including his current role as OHIO811’s Executive Committee, Member At-Large. Muller also serves on the Diggers Hotline Advisory Board, Wisconsin’s 811 initiative group.

“Metronet is dedicated to bringing communities access to state-of-the-art fiber optic internet, and our involvement in safe digging state initiatives highlights our commitment to public safety and best practices as it relates to successful underground construction,” said Dave Heimbach, Metronet President & CEO. “We are excited to see the positive influence Chuck has within the industry, on safe digging education, and throughout the state of Michigan in his continuing role with MISS DIG 811.”

“I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the board of MISS DIG 811, as we collectively work to increase safe digging public education and understanding, all with the goal of protecting Michigan residents,” said Chuck Muller, Metronet Director of Safety & Damage Prevention. “I look forward to working alongside other industry leaders as we play an active role in the Michigan utility landscape.”

Muller’s construction safety experience also includes leadership as a North American Telecommunications Damage Prevention Council (NTDPC) Board Member and involvement with both Common Ground Alliance (CGA) and One Call Systems International (OCSI).

Founded in 1970, MISS DIG 811 was established to reduce damages to underground facilities, prevent injuries, and save lives. MISS DIG 811 is the central contact for the protection of underground utilities in the state of Michigan, and as a Michigan non-profit corporation, it serves as the statewide Underground Utility Safety Notification System. MISS DIG 811 provides free service to homeowners, excavators, municipalities and utility companies in the interest of public safety and utility damage protection.

Metronet values the safety of their team members and communities. Visit metronet.com/safety for more information on Metronet’s dedication to safety and quality assurance.

For more information about MISS DIG 811, visit missdig811.org. For more information on Metronet services in your area, please visit metronet.com/check-availability.

About Metronet:

Metronet is a 100% fiber optic company headquartered in Evansville, Indiana, and has quickly grown to become the nation’s largest independently owned 100% fiber optic provider. The customer-focused company provides cutting-edge fiber optic communication services, including high-speed Fiber Internet and full-featured Fiber Phone. Metronet started in 2005 with one fiber optic network in Greencastle, Indiana. Since then, Metronet and its affiliates have grown to serve and construct networks in more than 250 communities across Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, Wisconsin, Missouri, Colorado, New Mexico, and Louisiana. Metronet is committed to bringing state-of-the-art telecommunication services to communities — services that are comparable or superior to those offered in large metropolitan areas. By offering XGS PON technology, Metronet can easily carry its communities into the future of multi-gigabit service. Cablefax has named Metronet as the 2023 Fiber Provider of the Year. Metronet has also been recognized by PC Mag as the Fastest Major ISP in 2023 and as one of the Top 10 ISPs with Best Gaming Quality Index in 2021. For more information, visit metronet.com/check-availability.


Katherine Yochum