Seattle's High-Speed Internet Rollout Delayed Due to Financial Issues
December 10, 2013 12:14 PM
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Gigabit Squared is having a hard time securing financing to install the network
high-speed Internet network
is seeing delays with no new launch dates on the horizon.
According to a new report from
, Seattle's venture with Gigabit Squared to implement a high-speed Internet network in 12 of the city's neighborhoods has hit a financial roadblock, and the mayor fears that it's "not going to work."
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has been a huge advocate of the project. He announced the partnership with Gigabit a year ago, which received a lot of praise from citizens. The public-private partnership aimed to launch the Gigabit Seattle project using 500 miles of unused cabling in the city.
In August of this year, Gigabit announced its prices and the plan to begin Gigabit Seattle's initial rollout in two of the 12 neighborhoods — University District and Capitol Hill. It was due to begin by Q1 of 2014.
Mayor Mike McGinn [SOURCE: patdollard.com]
However, Gigabit is having a hard time securing financing to install the network.
“We’re now a year into it and the question is, will it work or not?” said McGinn.
McGinn will be leaving office by the end of the year, so he won't be able to see the project through. However, he said if he were to stay, he'd "start garnering political support to build a municipal fiber utility." He has not given up on the private sector quite yet amid rumors that Comcast could make a considerable donation to the campaign.
McGinn said Comcast and others like it are “not upgrading their systems in any meaningful way.”
McGinn is open to having the government build out a high-speed network with open architecture if necessary, which could increase competition and still allow the people to have high-speed Internet.
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RE: i call BS
12/11/2013 2:39:06 PM
I agree... Here in Virginia (the twat I call it) where TN,KY,VA meet. I pay 50$ 3M/768k, it is even more outrageous if you are a subscriber.
The last link is promos which require you to addon tv extra of course!
I actually envision them conning their way into a huge tax-break for oh nearly a decade. Link the existing fiber to one of their nodes/server and there you have it. Best case they make a new "Plant" to run the city. Either way it will lower their cost and raise profits. They always charge a month in advance too. That is the main reason why I severed my ties mostly. Going prepaid with a rx of Netflix, VZW dsl wasn’t up to snuff and expensive. I dont qualify for "Internet Essentials" $10/mo., because I don’t have kids!?! Really WTF?!? They will have a greater monopoly in your state without any real benefit. Cumcast is a shame to say the least.
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