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Fiber Optic Network Gains Support

The city of West Lafayette is a little closer to endorsing a proposed fiber optic network throughout the county.

The Redevelopment Commission has given its approval for Metronet to move forward with an engineering study on the project.

Commission President Larry Oates says he originally was inclined to vote against the measure, but admits his opinion changed after getting more background about the company.

Oates says public comment at a meeting last week was overwhelmingly in favor of the fiber-to-the-premises effort.

The city council must still give the go ahead for the engineering study, and eventually, both bodies must consider whether or not to establish a TIF district that would allow Metronet to secure a bond for startup costs.

County Commissioners gave their approval to the project Tuesday, which would also include the city of Lafayette.

The Lafayette Redevelopment Commission would be the lead agency and oversee the TIF district.