I am always happy to get behind technology that brings communities closer together — and helps make doing our jobs easier. The most recent example: South Milwaukee’s investment in fiber optic cable.
The city council voted unanimously on Tuesday to spend more than $90,000 to install underground fiber cable connecting the City Administration building with Oak Creek, and through that connection other communities who have already made this investment.
Future installations will connect South Milwaukee City Hall with our fire department, street department, library, water and wastewater facilities and, hopefully, our local schools, as we do our part to create a web of fiber connectivity across the county that will help us all work better together in sharing information and potentially services.
The added bandwidth will also make our jobs easier today.
Fiber is able to transmit data much faster over greater distances than traditional copper lines, and it enables faster download and connection speeds for things like video conferencing and data backup.
For our police department, the fiber connection will better support the upgraded countywide radio system coming online later this year, and our records management system, which is hosted through the West Allis Police Department.
In other words, it’s money well spent.