Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Construction starts of $100 million internet network in Kenosha. The privately built network would be the first of its kind in Wisconsin.

Date: 22 Sep 2022 | posted in: Media Coverage, MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Excerpts from the article by Rick Barrett, originally published at Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on September 22, 2022

Construction has started of a citywide high-speed internet network in Kenosha aimed at offering residents and businesses an alternative to the existing service providers.

The privately-funded $100 million project is expected to be completed in 2025 according to its developer, New Jersey-based SiFi Networks…

It would be an open-access network where multiple internet service providers would use SiFi’s fiber cable system to deliver service and compete for customers…

More than 40 U.S. cities, counties and utility districts have some type of open-access internet system or are planning it, according to the Institute for Local Self Reliance based in Minneapolis.

Advocates say it’s lowered internet prices and allowed customers to easily change service providers and plans at any time. The companies benefit from having access to new customers without the burden of building and maintaining their own network to those homes and businesses.

Read the full article here.


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