A Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) covers larger geographic areas, such as cities or school districts. By interconnecting smaller networks within a large geographic area, information is easily disseminated throughout the network. Local libraries and government agencies often use a MAN to connect to citizens and private industries.
One example of a MAN is the MIND Network located in Pasco County, Florida. It connects all of Pasco’s media centers to a centralized mainframe at the district office by using dedicated phone lines, coaxial cabling, and wireless communications providers.