UPTUN Status Update
I want to thank all of you who joined in on the July 22 UPTUN letter to the Seattle Department of Transportation requesting they change their rule so we can get faster broadband. We got over 130 co-signers! Wow! That goes to show you just how important an issue this is to people.
Instead of allowing this simple change, SDOT is doing the standard barrage of “what-if” scenarios where the agency starts jumping at shadows because they don’t want to act. You’ve seen this kind of decision paralysis before – it’s why we have such a crappy transportation system in Seattle. The bottom line is this: modern day infrastructure like a bridge, roadway, or telecommunications system will have some visual impact. There’s no getting around that.
What SDOT fails to understand is that you can landscape and mitigate these visual impacts when your equipment is on the ground. We’ll probably never completely eliminate overhead wiring, but UPTUN has offered a solution that could potentially reduce that overhead clutter by making it possible to put equipment on the ground *and* improve broadband dramatically in our underserved neighborhoods.
Our next steps
- We’re going to start hitting the media up with op-ed’s to build more support for our side
- We need you to comment on our site. Tell us how the sad broadband situation has affected you. Bonus points if you can explain how it impacts your ability to work / run a business. Please comment here: http://www.uptun.org/2013/09/12/statusupdate/