Mayor Mike McGinn’s office announced plans in December for an ultra-fast internet pilot program that would dramatically increase access in fourteen neighborhoods in the short term, and if successful, eventually the entire city. Unfortunately, the pilot program does not include our neighborhood. Montlaker and broadband advocate, Andre Vrignaud, wants to change that:
… There are technologies such as Fiber-to-the-Home (as opposed to Comcast’s current cable to the home) that can deliver massive increases in internet speed (bandwidth), at the same or lower prices. For context, many of you likely have a 10-20 Megabit (Mb) connection from Comcast that you pay around $60 a month for. Depending on your current speed class, fiber can be 50 to 100 times faster at a similar or lower price.
The good news is that the City of Seattle has entered into a partnership with Gigabit Seattle to bring fiber service to many Seattle neighborhoods in 2013. Unfortunately, as you can see from the current planned coverage map, Montlake is just outside of the planned rollout boundaries.
I’ve spoken with people at Gigabit Seattle, and they have explained that they are prioritizing their rollout based on neighborhoods that have expressed interest. If we can get even just 10-20 more Montlakers to state that they’d be interested in service, it could very well enable a new option for internet service to our community.
Let me stress that this is not a commitment to buy! If you sign up at http://gigabitseattle.com/signup you are simply stating your interest in having the service option in your neighborhood.
More info from Andre at firstname.lastname@example.org.