September 18, 2015 -- Metronet is celebrating its 10th Anniversary. In honor of the occasion, we created a video celebrating our 10 years of providing more data, more speed and more possibilities to the communities of South Bend, Mishawaka, Granger and Plymouth.
May 5, 2014 -- The proposed Metronet expansion route in Plymouth, Indiana and the surrounding area of Marshall County will add more than 30 miles of high-speed fiber optic cable and connect directly to the existing Metronet network in St. Joseph County.
April 29, 2014 -- Groundbreaking for the Plymouth/Marshall County expansion of St. Joe Valley Metronet will be marked with a ceremony at 1 p.m. Friday, May 2, at U.S. 31 and Tyler Road near Lakeville.
Late December, 2012 -- This is the third and final newsletter in a series that shares what Metronet has learned to help subscribers prevent interruptions, react to interruptions and restore service. The series concludes with a discussion of options for backup systems.
January 15, 2012 -- Mary Jan Hedman, executive director of the St. Joe Valley Metronet, is anxious for the visibility the new space at 121 S. Michigan Street offers among mainly restaurants and retailers.
July 6,2011 – St. Joe Valley Metronet announces the release of a new online video that highlights how high-speed connectivity enables the local health care network to dramatically improve patient care.
February 10, 2011 — Data Realty LLC, a startup data storage firm based at Innovation Park at Notre Dame, will be the first private business to build and launch operations in Ignition Park, the city's technology park.
February 9, 2011 — Data Realty LLC says it plans to break ground this spring on a data center in South Bend's Ignition Park. The startup, based at Innovation Park at Notre Dame, will invest more than $20 million in its next-generation operation.
July 22, 2010 - Since BBP’s first census of municipal fiber-to-the-premises systems two years ago, the number of municipal systems has risen to 88 from 66, an increase of 25 percent, in spite of Provo, Utah, and Newnan, Ga., privatizing their networks in the interim.
May 18, 2010 - South Bend, Ind. - Rapid changes in information technology have created an ever-growing list of new security risks for organizations working with sensitive data, according to several industry experts who spoke recently at a seminar in downtown South Bend.
March 9, 2010 - South Bend, IN - The latest "Google search" has attracted the attention of scores of medium sized communities across the U.S., including the South Bend area. Google is searching for a place where it can offer ultra high-speed broadband access to a minimum of 50-thousand homes.
January 19, 2010 - SOUTH BEND, Ind. - South Bend saw major advances during 2009 in key initiatives that promise to make the city a bright spot in the economic picture. Heading the list of the year’s achievements was the opening in October 2009 of Innovation Park at Notre Dame, the initial phase of Indiana’s first two-site State-Certified Technology Park.
January 5, 2010 - Marshall County weathered the 2009 economic crisis with $5.2 million left to the start the new year. That's a little over $1.6 million more than the county budget started with at the beginning of the year.
Last week, A. J. Walters and Grant Neely of Information By Design compared cloud computing with century-old telephone service - subscription-based with additional services available for additional fees, off-site, serving a host of users from a shared application.
October 26, 2009 - It's not just the St. Joe Valley Metronet that's big on the high-speed, dark-fiber optic technology that permits it to transmit massive amounts of data in the blink of an eye. Soon, a company called Allied Fiber will connect the coasts via a similar system, which allows multiple carriers to "light," or turn on, the dark fiber and control the waves of light on which the information travels.
July 1, 2009 - On a bitingly cold winter morning, brutal winds and subzero temperatures batter the exterior of the Desert Dome at Potawatomi Park in South Bend, transforming the world outside into a wasteland of snow and ice.
But safe inside the glass and steel structure, the city’s collection of exotic desert plants basks in a flow of steady heat generated by a bank of high-performance computer servers located nearby. Connected by a high-speed network of dark fiber known as the St. Joe Valley Metronet (SJVM), the servers provide computational power and data for computers some five miles across town on the Notre Dame campus.
April 13, 2009 - If the rapidly growing GramTel data services company is any sort of an indicator - and South Bend civic officials hope it is - the St. Joe Valley Metronet will serve as an economic stimulator and attract high-tech firms for years to come by providing virtually unlimited bandwidth while saving them money.
November 9, 2008 - Expanded space. A community room. The Metronet. These features are music to Mary Pruess’ ears as WNIT Television prepares to move into its new South Bend home -- the downtown WSBT building -- after WSBT moves into its new building in Mishawaka.
August 25, 2008 - South Bend, IN - Jim Zeoli knows firsthand that jumping on the Metronet bandwagon can be a positive move for area companies. The vice president and chief technology officer of Press Ganey Associates -- which got on the Metronet in late 2006 with two of its sites and finished connecting all of its seven sites in South Bend this spring -- considers the performance, capacity and cost of the fiber optic cable a win-win for the company.
June 21, 2008 - A grape compared to a basketball. That’s how Pat Ames, vice chancellor for Information Technologies at Indiana University South Bend, described the difference in Internet bandwidth following the school’s connection to the "I-Light" network about a year and a half ago.
June 1, 2008 - The state of Indiana is developing plans for a revolutionary information highway, and interestingly enough it would run alongside one of Indiana’s busiest highways.
The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) is spearheading an initiative to build a fiber optic line along the Indiana Toll Road that would vastly improve communication connectivity, roadway safety, and increase the possibility for economic development. What’s unique about the technology infrastructure is that it would be funded through private dollars and not at the taxpayers’ expense.
May 15, 2006 - South Bend in north-central Indiana is poised on the forefront of a technological revolution that positions it as an area ripe for economic development as a leading technology center of the United States.
October 1, 2005 - Inside INDIANA Business Magazine - by Stephen Luecke, Mayor of South Bend
Transportation systems have always been critical to South Bend’s vitality. From early days when traders and settlers used the St. Joseph River to move goods, through the heyday of railroads and the interstate highway system, to our multi-modal airport with bus and South Shore connections, we rely on good transportation for commerce, jobs and private investment.
February 1, 2005 - In 2001 Project Future and the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce, recognizing potential economic development opportunity in the emerging technology-driven "new economy", appointed a Technology Task Force to assess how well St. Joseph County is positioned to catch the "tech wave" and recommend strategies for assuring the area’s technology competitiveness.