(photo courtesy of MetroNet)

Evansville-based fiber optic network provider MetroNet says it has merged with Vexus Fiber, a Texas-based fiber optic network. Terms of the merger were not disclosed but the companies say they will continue to operate under their current brands and leadership.

Together, the telecom will operate in 15 states and more than 150 communities.

“We’re very excited to welcome Vexus Fiber and their associates to MetroNet,” said John Cinelli, chief executive officer of MetroNet. “Vexus has a fast growth and high customer service mentality, very similar to MetroNet, and joining with them allows us to quickly expand our service area to even more Americans.”

Vexus operates in parts of Texas, Louisiana and New Mexico. MetroNet, which started in 2005, has grown to 120 communities across much of the Midwest and southeastern U.S.