If you want to take your PC, PDA, Nintendo DS or PlayStation Portable online in Milwaukee, you may be getting your wish if the city’s Common Council approves a plan that would bring wireless Internet to the city. For a reported $20 million, Midwest Fiber Networks will create the wireless computer network at no expense to taxpayers in a hope at attracting more businesses to the 1.7 million person Wisconsin city.
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, no city money is involved in creating the system. Under the deal, the city will actually receive annual cash payments in future years in exchange for space in the city’s underground conduit system, needed to run fiber-optic cables and for placing antennas on streetlights or other city-owned property. 60 Internet sites will be available for free, while full access will require an estimated $20 a month.