Kenosha Begins 3-Year $100M Fiber Optic Infrastructure Project;  promise faster internet

Kenosha Begins 3-Year $100M Fiber Optic Infrastructure Project; promise faster internet

KENOSHA, Wis. (CBS 58) — On Friday, September 23, the city of Kenosha geared up for a faster internet after partnering with outside help, kicking off a $100 million project over three years.

The city partnered with SiFi Networks, a privately owned telecommunications company.

“It’s two things: its equity, for sure, and it’s also quality and high-speed broadband,” said Ed St. Peter, project manager for the city of Kenosha.

Historically, the way it works is that homes across the country, and that includes Wisconsin, run on copper-connected internet.

A connection that works, but since many households now no longer use a single device connected to the Internet, a change was needed, introducing a fiber optic infrastructure.

“Having a concert and up to 10 gigabytes of bandwidth, it’s just amazing,” Peters said.

And it’s that amazing look that Kenosha families like the Nyes say they look forward to.

“My husband, yeah, he works in Milwaukee, so he works from home, I have to work from home. So it’s really helpful for all of us to be able to use the internet at the same time, without it crashing,” Jessica said. Nye, a Kenosha resident and mother of six children.

The financing of the project is backed 100% by the SiFi network.

People will be able to use the fiber connection over an open access network by choosing their preferred service provider, a move families say they are excited to have.

“We have a lot of devices and a lot of people who want to do a lot of things at the same time, so a better internet is always a win.”

The people of Kenosha can expect to see faster internet speeds starting in the year 2023.

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