MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Madison is among cities around the country trying to persuade Google to test its new fiber-optic network which is expected to be more than 100 times faster than current Internet connections.
According to Madison officials, the Google Fiber network could bring more than 1,000 jobs and $97 million in infrastructure investment to the city.
Mayor Dave Cieslewicz told the Wisconsin State Journal the city has a “tech-savvy, engaged population” and is already home to a Google office.
The company said it’s looking for wide community support and readiness. It doesn’t want to spend time dealing with right-of-way issues or objections from neighborhoods that aren’t crazy about having Google tear up streets to install its network.
Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj