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Gigabit Squared is having a hard time securing financing to install the network

Seattle's planned high-speed Internet network is seeing delays with no new launch dates on the horizon.

According to a new report from GeekWire, 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. 

Source: GeekWire



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i call BS
By kattanna on 12/10/2013 1:13:44 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
He has not given up on the private sector quite yet amid rumors that Comcast could make a considerable donation to the campaign .


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McGinn said Comcast and others like it are “not upgrading their systems in any meaningful way .


to me, it sounds like what comcast might be doing is to provide just enough money to get a say in things.. then steer it to failure.. ensuring they dont have to spend even more money actually upgrading their network to be competitive with said service.




RE: i call BS
By Pneumothorax on 12/10/2013 2:20:49 PM , Rating: 3
Yup, why in the heck would CrapCast bother to help with this venture when they charge $80 for 50Mbps speeds while Gigabit squared offered 1000Mbps for the same price?!

I'm usually right-leaning, but ISPs could use some serious monopoly busting and takeover as the US continues to seriously lag behind when it comes to how much speed you get per dollar.


RE: i call BS
By FITCamaro on 12/10/2013 2:55:25 PM , Rating: 1
So solve a problem created by government with more government. Right....


RE: i call BS
By MaulBall789 on 12/10/2013 3:46:59 PM , Rating: 3
No. This would be less government.

Regulations for cable created regional monopolies for the providers. Now it's time to simply repeal those regulations and open competition to other potential providers.


RE: i call BS
By unimatrix725 on 12/11/2013 2:39:06 PM , Rating: 2
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.
Here:
http://www.xfinityprepaid.com/internet/eng/landing...
http://www.comcast.com/internet-service.html
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.


Question
By Ammohunt on 12/10/2013 1:36:26 PM , Rating: 2
How did the city of seattle expect to monetize this idea? Or was it a hippy dippy "free interwebs fer all" plan?




RE: Question
By ClownPuncher on 12/10/2013 2:49:50 PM , Rating: 2
Uh, well, people would... pay for it.


RE: Question
By sdsdv10 on 12/10/2013 2:52:09 PM , Rating: 2
From 4th paragraph in article:

quote:
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.


Does look like it was going to be free.

http://gigabitseattle.com/gigabit-squared-unveils-...


RE: Question
By Ammohunt on 12/10/2013 4:16:50 PM , Rating: 2
Nevermind blonde moment for some reason i read this as a wireless roll out.


He Would Know
By Reclaimer77 on 12/10/2013 12:38:33 PM , Rating: 2
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McGinn said Comcast and others like it are “not upgrading their systems in any meaningful way.”


Well he would know, after all he's a politician.




RE: He Would Know
By ClownPuncher on 12/10/2013 2:53:13 PM , Rating: 2
It is true. Up until recently, Comcast was the only real broadband player in town. Now we're starting to see some competition, but Comcast is slow to catch up, as always.


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