Kenosha starts construction of open-access broadband network

A very thin single strand of fiber-optic cable can support ultra-fast uploads and downloads of 1,000 megabits per second. By comparison, the copper wires would only support a small fraction of those speeds.

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.

As the service is turned on in stages over the next three years, customers could get speeds of up to 10 gigabit per second downloads and uploads, SiFi says, which would make it one of the fastest networks available anywhere.

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. 

The City of Superior, in northwest Wisconsin, is pursuing something similar. The main difference is that, in Superior, the city would own the fiber and lease it to service providers.

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