Category Archive: Blog

Mar 23

Seattle just overhauled the cable franchise agreement structure!

The Seattle City Council just voted unanimously to overhaul the cable franchise agreement structure.  This opens up the door to competition and makes it possible for new providers to enter the Seattle market and compete with the existing cable providers.

Jan 26

I have CenturyLink’s 1gb fiber to the home and it’s glorious!

I have CenturyLink’s 1gb fiber to the home and it’s glorious! Before I get into gritty details, here’s what CenturyLink’s new fiber-to-the-home service looks like… absolutely beautiful.  Geeks behold, this is the future. It has taken four long years, but Beacon Hill (and Seattle) finally has a new/old kid on the block that’s going to …

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May 30

Community Fiber in Washington, D.C., Seattle, and, San Francisco: Lessons Learned

Last month, Bill Schrier and Robert Kangas interviewed with Susan Crawford’s office (Harvard Law, formerly President Barack Obama’s Special Assistant for Science, Technology, and Innovation Policy and is currently a columnist for Bloomberg View) for a paper she was writing on difficulties in pushing out Fiber Optic internet to Seattle, Washington DC, and San Francisco. She articulated the …

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Feb 22

Clear the Air about Gigabit Broadband in Seattle

Clear the Air about Gigabit Broadband in Seattle Updated 2/20/2014 By UPTUN Upping Technology for Underserved Neighbors (UPTUN) is a citizen group advocating for better broadband for residents across Seattle. We have been operating for over four years, pushing the city to take steps to improve broadband access, speeds, and price because we believe this …

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Jan 21

UPTUN’s preferred way forward with broadband infrastructure

UPTUN sent a letter to Mayor Murray and the Seattle City Council on January 21st, 2014 to suggest the way forward with improving broadband infrastructure in Seattle.   Dear Mayor Murray: The members of (Upping Technology for Underserved Neighbors) are enormously grateful that you’re making broadband a priority so quickly into your new administration, …

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Jan 16

UPTUN’s statement about Gigabit Squared

UPTUN is not surprised Gigabit Squared couldn’t deliver, due to the fact they had no track record and inability to raise enough funds.   However, Seattle’s permitting and approvals drive up costs, making it more expensive and slower for broadband  providers to find financing for projects.  In many cases, the permitting requirements block the deployment …

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Oct 29

Why is broadband more expensive in the US?

From the BBC: “Americans pay so much because they don’t have a choice,” says Susan Crawford, a former special assistant to President Barack Obama on science, technology and innovation policy. Although there are several national companies, local markets tend to be dominated by just one or two main providers. “We deregulated high-speed internet access 10 …

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Sep 30

Broadband Failures of Seattle – Timeline

View the full-size version of timeline: Broadband Failures of Seattle

Sep 12

UPTUN status update 9/12/2013

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. …

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Jul 24

UPTUN letter to SDOT

Hey all, UPTUN’s going to be sending a letter to SDOT to try to force some change to the Director’s Rule that’s effectively blocking new broadband equipment from rolling out in Beacon Hill and the other underserved areas of Seattle.  Most of us are stuck with the choice of a cable provider or nothing for …

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