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Seattle To Get Gigabit Fiber To the Home and Business 108

Posted by samzenpus
from the greased-lightning dept.
symbolset writes "Enthusiasm about Google's Kansas City fiber project is overwhelming. But in the Emerald City, the government doesn't want to wait. They have been stringing fiber throughout the city for years, and today announced a deal with company Gigabit Squared and the University of Washington to serve fiber to 55,000 Seattle homes and businesses with speeds up to a gigabit. The city will lease out the unused fiber, but will not have ownership in the provider nor a relationship with the end customers. The service rollout is planned to complete in 2014. It is the first of 6 planned university area network projects currently planned by Gigabit Squared."
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Seattle To Get Gigabit Fiber To the Home and Business

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  • by soundguy (415780) on Thursday December 13, 2012 @11:20PM (#42283761) Homepage
    This is perfect. All FTTH/FTTB should be tax supported "infrastructure" instead of run by thieving corporate scumbags. All fibers should terminate in a neighborhood or regional carrier-neutral "meet me" room where anyone with backbone (pun intended) could offer connectivity to any customer just by running a jumper or configuring a switch remotely. Then the customer is free to choose the flavor of thieving corporate scumbag he wants to deal with. Sign me up for a mix of Level 3 and Cogent please!
  • Good (Score:5, Insightful)

    by epp_b (944299) on Thursday December 13, 2012 @11:23PM (#42283787)
    I hope this trend spreads so that the incumbent telcos are left only with the choice to either make good on their 200 billion dollar "promise" or go screw themselves.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 13, 2012 @11:39PM (#42283889)
    Be prepared to pay double or triple what you should for this. This would be more efficiently handled by the private sector in a competitive environment. There is no reason tax dollars need to go to subsidize this when it has been proven time and time again that government involvement translates into higher prices, more screwups, and more debt for us all.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 13, 2012 @11:59PM (#42283987)

    Be prepared to pay double or triple what you should for this. This would be more efficiently handled by the private sector in a competitive environment. There is no reason tax dollars need to go to subsidize this when it has been proven time and time again that government involvement translates into higher prices, more screwups, and more debt for us all.

    yeah, look how efficiently comcast, time warner, verizon et al are rolling out the gigabit fiber.

  • by Dyinobal (1427207) on Friday December 14, 2012 @12:04AM (#42284009)
    Ya it is a start but I'm a bit dubious about the cost and such. Telecom companies are kinda notorious for taking funds that are supposed to be used to improve their networks and connect more customers and pretty much doing very little with it and giving the rest away as bonuses etc.
  • by organgtool (966989) on Friday December 14, 2012 @10:37AM (#42286513)
    I am fine with the scumbags building and maintaining the network. The problem I have is that our government pays money to the scumbags to build and maintain the network and then allows the scumbags to hold OWNERSHIP of the network. The creation of the network should be a work-for-hire job in which the government pays a company for the materials and the process of assembling those materials into a working network. At all times, those materials and the finished network should remain property of the people just like how we own all of the other parts of our infrastructure. Then our local governments can contract out the maintenance of the network equipment to the company that built the network or other competent companies. If the performance of the company serving the maintenance contract is not up to the satisfaction of the people they serve, then their local government can choose another company after the current contract expires. This system would save us from the current system of regulated monopolies that everyone rightfully hates.
  • by firex726 (1188453) <firex726@yah[ ]com ['oo.' in gap]> on Friday December 14, 2012 @11:51AM (#42287349)

    Yep, we've been paying for these upgrades since Clinton but haven't seen a damn thing really.

    The upgrades are always too expensive and they don't have the money, so WTF have them been doing with all those service fees for the past couple decade?

    They need to be held accountable, give us the upgrades or give us the money.

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