So, does the Mayor have a clue (Broadband)?

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    Shelley
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    Interesting takeaway from the Reddit discussion that Seattle’s Mayor replied to. I like that Hizzoner took the time to participate in the discussion on Reddit, and is committed to dumping the city ordinance that kept Google out of Seattle (each box requires separate permit and application notification process).

    http://seattletimes.com/html/opinion/2023304248_susancrawfordopedcitybroadband06xml.html?cmpid=2628

    On the most basic level, Seattle is an uploading — creative, innovative — community, and the cable network was built to greatly emphasize passive downloading. And while people in Stockholm and Seoul are paying $30 per month for gigabit-speed symmetric fiber access, people in Seattle are paying far more for far less.

    #63782

    MidWest
    Participant

    Ah yes, the USA is getting *ripped off* by internet providers, paying far more, for far less than much of the planet.

    Moldova, Macedonia, Uruguay (!), Romania, and Turkey all have faster internet. We’re #31! We’re #31! (Sarcasm)

    http://www.techspot.com/news/54840-united-states-falls-to-31st-place-in-global-broadband-speed-list.html

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/05/internet-speed-united-states-digital-divide_n_1855054.html

    And, what we pay is abominable for what we get-as the following table illustrates:

    http://www.money.co.uk/broadband/broadband-and-phone-packages.htm

    In Britain, that £12.80/month is just under $22. From the Post Office. The Post Office offers internet in the UK.

    Yes, we are getting royally ripped off, bigtime.

    Yet another place where smart public investment could really pay off, such as Tacoma:

    http://www.tacomatomorrow.com/2012/08/tacomas-click-now-offering-100-mbps.html

    #63783

    Angeline
    Participant

    Yes. I agree. Internet here is ridiculous. I don’t even mind the cost so much as that moving a few blocks away can halve your speed (yes, that happened to me). There is a great group working to change this called Uptun. They have a facebook page — check it out and give them a “like” — and regular meetings. I joined, but have yet to actually make a meeting.

    I also tried to get CenturyLink to put a box in front of our house. We have a good setup for that — one of those steep lots where we can’t even see the parking strip from the front door of the house. There are many properties like that in Seattle, plus people who have a corner lot where a box could be unobtrusively placed out of sightline of the porch, etc. If enough people were aware of the issue and volunteered space on “their” parking strips we could partially solve this problem without involvement of city government. We could not get a box because we are too far from the next closest new box.

    #63925

    Shelley
    Moderator

    After reading Hizzoner’s piece on his blog, I am convinced that he actually understands the issue. I await results.

    Murray: ‘Seattle must be a national leader in identifying innovative ways to make high speed internet available and affordable to anyone’

    He is proposing to do away with the SDOT director’s rule which has stood in the way of siting of infrastructure. He understands that both businesses and homes must be served, and he has a firm grip on the impediments, unlike McSchwinn and his hare-brained attempt to light up Seattle’s dark fiber using that fly by night Gibabit-Squared company.

    McGinn could have forced his crony (and incompetent to boot) SDOT director Hahn to fix the rule, but did not, probably because he was too busy putting sharrows and green paint on pavement.

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