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"Really fast" neighborhood broadband Internet service dies – again

January 19th, 2014 · 7 Comments

Last April, and again in late June, we posted on the possibility of broadband (read “really fast“) Internet service coming to parts of Maple Leaf.

By June, pricing had been announced, as was the fact that the initial list of demonstration projects had dropped the Northgate/Maple Leaf piece.

We never got any response from emails or voice mails we left with the city’s designated partner, Gigabit Squared Seattle. And although its website still works, the company apparently does not.

From our news partner The Seattle Times earlier this month:

Erin Devoto, Seattle’s chief technology officer, said that as of mid-November, the company’s phones were turned off and the city was unable to reach its officers. She turned over the bill for city staff’s preliminary engineering work on a broadband network to the City Attorney’s Office for collection.

The Times has more background here. And GeekWire has posts here and here.

It’s the second time the city’s plans for broadband have died.

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