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Proposed 'Smart Kiosks' along Hop could offer free wifi

Posted at 8:29 PM, Jun 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-13 21:38:37-04

MILWAUKEE — A proposal by the City of Milwaukee could develop into 30 smart kiosks being built along the Hop's route that would offer free public wifi, route times, and advertising revenue for the city.

The proposal said that the kiosks would be built by a private company. A contractor would build the kiosks and split the revenue generated by advertisements with the city.

This comes at a time when Mayor Barrett has urged for an expansion of the streetcar system into other Milwaukee neighborhoods. However, the common council has not yet agreed on how that would happen given issues with how to fund that expansion.

Thirty locations for the kiosks are described in the city's rfp including the Fiserv Forum, Brady Street, and the Third Ward.

A July 11 deadline has been set for development proposals. Construction could begin as soon as September.