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Jul 10

CenturyLink: Proposed broadband equipment sites on Beacon Hill / Central District

CenturyLink is trying to get new broadband equipment placed in Beacon Hill and the Central District so they can start rolling out better broadband services.  They need some public support.  The following maps show where proposed equipment sites are.

If you or someone you know lives close near one of these locations, and is possibly willing to allow the company to place a broadband cabinet on your property or in the public right-of-way next to your property, please contact Jeff Lawrey, CenturyLink at 206-345-0333 or r.lawrey@centurylink.com.  Jeff can talk to you about the equipment, discuss landscaping options and answer any other questions you might have related to the project.

In order for a location to qualify, you have to be within 500ft from the cited address, if your neighborhood is served by overhead (telephone poles) and 250ft if service is underground.

The detailed map can be viewed here:  http://goo.gl/maps/TJX1

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  1. Carol

    I live up the hill from Rainier Ave near McLellan and 23rd Ave S. My cable internet/phone service is horrible. I would consider hosting a cabinet on my property if it would just give me clear an reliable internet/phone service. However my address does not appear to be within the 500 feet of the places marked on your map. Would you consider changing those proposed marked areas?

    1. Jeff Lawrey

      Carol, if you would like to contact me I can look at your address and see if other options may be available.

  2. Carol

    I live up the hill from Rainier Ave near McLellan and 23rd Ave S. Comcast cable internet/phone service is horrible. I would consider hosting a cabinet on my property if it would just give me clear an reliable internet/phone service. Exactly how big are these cabinets, what do they look like, how difficult are they to maintain.

  3. Meg

    Here is FAQ to some of the common questions: http://news.centurylink.com/file.php/142/WA+Right+of+Way+FAQ.pdf

  4. Jason

    I live between the two maps listed! (Near MLK and Yesler) which is almost a dead zone for anything worthwhile 🙁

    1. Meg

      Hi Jason, Please contact Jeff Lawrey, CenturyLink at 206-345-0333 or r.lawrey@centurylink.com he would be able to see what opportunities lie between the two areas.

  5. jen

    What is the appeal of having more broadband cabinets near your house? Is broadband like DSL where being closer to the source is better? -OR- Are these areas without cable? I always thought basic cable availability meant cable internet availability.

    1. robertk

      DSL and cable internet are both forms of broadband. In the case of CenturyLink, they want to use these cabinets to extend their fiber optic infrastructure, and from the cabinet, provide high-speed DSL to homes. In both cable & DSL, being closer to the node (in this case, cabinet, is better).

      Now, there have been plenty of us that have been stuck with having internet provided by our cable provider as our only option for high-speed internet. Just speaking for myself here, I’m rather tired of my lack of choice, especially since, for years, a certain cable provider was pretty awful providing reliable internet.

      The way I see it, if CenturyLink is able to place some cabinets and expand their infrastructure, people will at least have a choice between cable & DSL for high-speed internet. Competition’s a good thing, especially when it comes to rolling out improved services, faster speeds, lower prices, etc. Most of us want to have a choice, rather than only being able to depend on cable for faster than 5 megabit / second internet speed.

  6. Meg

    CenturyLink is developing a multi-year expansion plan for the Beacon Hill and Central District area within Seattle. The map represents sites that are currently under consideration for development in 2012, by upgrading CenturyLink’s existing network facilities.

  7. David

    Any hope for Judkins Park area?

    1. Meg

      Hi David –We can take a look at it. Would you be intrested a broadband cabinet on your property or in the public right-of-way next to your property? Please contact Jeff Lawrey, CenturyLink at 206-345-0333 or r.lawrey@centurylink.com.

  8. paul

    why not any north of I-90 and rainier between 23rd and rainier and jackson and I-90? Many businesses and higher density housing. Our internet is horrible!

    1. Meg

      Hi Paul –We can take a look at it. Would you be intrested a broadband cabinet on your property or in the public right-of-way next to your property? Please contact Jeff Lawrey, CenturyLink at 206-345-0333 or r.lawrey@centurylink.com.

  9. ryan

    Any idea how much distance each of these cabinets can travel to? I notice there is only 1 cabinet near North Beacon Hill area and quite a few planned within close proximity to one another on central Beacon Hill. I’m curious why they aren’t more spread out or if location doesn’t matter much in terms of service for users? Sorry I’m not too familiar with how this equipment works.

    1. Robert

      Thanks for the question. I’ve forwarded it on to CenturyLink, so hopefully you’ll have an answer soon.

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