Mayor Barrett wants Milwaukee to become Google’s first fiber optic test city

Given what’s happened recently with the new factories and the blossoming urban agriculture movement in Milwaukee, getting Google’s super-fast 1 gigabit per second fiber-to-the-home connections. Even with everything we the people of the city have been doing to make Milwaukee a great place, the Google fiber link would pull us much farther ahead in different ways than we’d be able to accomplish without it.

According to a city press release (link to the PDF), “City officials have indicated the project could create hundreds of jobs and bring tens of millions of dollars in infrastructure investment.” That’s what we need. (And god knows, some people don’t want the government to make that investment. Why ever do that? No, that would make sense…)

Mayor Tom Barrett is “enthusiastically encouraging Milwaukeeans to go to the website to nominate Milwaukee for the project,” which you can do here. Let’s do it!


Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.

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