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“Really fast” neighborhood broadband Internet service dies – again

January 19th, 2014 by Mike

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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"Really fast" neighborhood broadband Internet service dies – again

January 19th, 2014 by Mike

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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Broadband Internet service announces price – also that it’s not starting here

June 24th, 2013 by Mike

Update: Our news partner The Seattle Times has a broader story here.

A portion of Northgate/Maple leaf is one of 14 Seattle neighborhoods said to get broadband Internet service.

The provider of potential super-speedy Internet access, which we wrote about in April, today announced how much it will cost and added it won’t start until next year – and even then, not here.

From Gigabit Squared:

The Gigabit Squared fiber network will initially be made available to neighborhoods located within the University of Washington West Campus District, First Hill, Capitol Hill and Central Area of Seattle as part of a program called Gigabit Seattle.

The cost? Somewhere between $10 and $80 monthly, depending on plan, with a one-year service contract. More details below.

Background from our earlier post:

After the plan to provide broadband access citywide died last year, Seattle in December announced a partnership with broadband developer Gigabit and the University of Washington to use existing but unused  fiber-optic cable to bring blazing Internet speed to several neighborhoods that actually had the cable.

In February the initial dozen neighborhoods participating in the demonstration project were increased to 14. On its website, Gigabit Seattle says that will bring service to 100,000 citizens and businesses. There is the possibility of some wireless access as well.

In April, Gigabit indicated where it begins service might be influenced by how many people signed up for email alerts in a given neighborhood. It look like they’ve made that decision.

If you’re interested in registering for the service, click here.

More details on cost: [Read more →]

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Broadband Internet service announces price – also that it's not starting here

June 24th, 2013 by Mike

Update: Our news partner The Seattle Times has a broader story here.

A portion of Northgate/Maple leaf is one of 14 Seattle neighborhoods said to get broadband Internet service.

The provider of potential super-speedy Internet access, which we wrote about in April, today announced how much it will cost and added it won’t start until next year – and even then, not here.

From Gigabit Squared:

The Gigabit Squared fiber network will initially be made available to neighborhoods located within the University of Washington West Campus District, First Hill, Capitol Hill and Central Area of Seattle as part of a program called Gigabit Seattle.

The cost? Somewhere between $10 and $80 monthly, depending on plan, with a one-year service contract. More details below.

Background from our earlier post:

After the plan to provide broadband access citywide died last year, Seattle in December announced a partnership with broadband developer Gigabit and the University of Washington to use existing but unused  fiber-optic cable to bring blazing Internet speed to several neighborhoods that actually had the cable.

In February the initial dozen neighborhoods participating in the demonstration project were increased to 14. On its website, Gigabit Seattle says that will bring service to 100,000 citizens and businesses. There is the possibility of some wireless access as well.

In April, Gigabit indicated where it begins service might be influenced by how many people signed up for email alerts in a given neighborhood. It look like they’ve made that decision.

If you’re interested in registering for the service, click here.

More details on cost: [Read more →]

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Much of Maple Leaf said to get broadband (read, “really fast”) Internet – but at what cost?

April 2nd, 2013 by Mike

Over the past couple of months we’ve heard from at least a half-dozen readers with the same question Alex emailed on Monday:

I’m not sure if this is on your radar, but a fair portion of Maple Leaf is on the neighborhood coverage map for the Gigabit Seattle roll out.  Our house (on Northeast 94th Street) falls in the coverage zone and I’m excited about the possibility of super fast connectivity.  Just thought I’d pass it along for other folks in the area.

Last month Ann wrote:

The border that they are defining for the Northgate area includes the northwest portion of Maple Leaf, down to Northeast 91st Street.  I wrote to them today to see how hard and fast that boundary is and they said that if there is a lot of interest and demand that they may expand the boundary to include more of Maple Leaf.

I was wondering if you could post some information about this project on the Maple Leaf Life?  The more people that know about it and express interest by signing up for more information on the Gigabit Seattle website means that the service could be available in Maple Leaf soon.

Several other readers have also hoped they could leverage interest to expand the planned area, which is defined in the map above.

Here’s what we know: Broadband internet is really, really fast. Gigabit Seattle, as the name implies, promises “speeds that are 1000 times faster than the typical high-speed connection.”

Here’s what we don’t know, and have had no luck finding out: What will it cost?

For a service that’s supposed to go live in a half-year, you’d think there’d be an answer to that. Here’s what their website says:

Our rates are yet to be finalized, but households and businesses should expect extremely competitive rates.The network is one of digital inclusion, requiring pricing that is not discretionary based on income level – for households or businesses.

Gigabit Seattle will also offer cost effective access through its wireless neighborhood cloud network where available.

Emails to both the Seattle office and Gigabit Squared in Washington, D.C. have gone unreturned.

Some background. After the plan to provide broadband access citywide died last year, Seattle in December announced a partnership with broadband developer Gigabit and the University of Washington to use existing but unused  fiber-optic cable to bring blazing Internet speed to several neighborhoods that actually had the cable.

In February the initial dozen neighborhoods participating in the demonstration project were increased to 14. On its website, Gigabit Seattle says that will bring service to 100,000 citizens and businesses. There is the possibility of some wireless access as well.

Our sister site, My Ballard, reported: “Gigabit Squared has secured the funding needed to begin their detailed engineering plans. They plan to release their updated business plan by April. This plan will include the cost of laying the fiber, the subsequent price customers will pay for the service and the estimated date that the fiber can begin to be used.”

So stay tuned.

If you’re interested in registering for the service, click here.

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Much of Maple Leaf said to get broadband (read, "really fast") Internet – but at what cost?

April 2nd, 2013 by Mike

Over the past couple of months we’ve heard from at least a half-dozen readers with the same question Alex emailed on Monday:

I’m not sure if this is on your radar, but a fair portion of Maple Leaf is on the neighborhood coverage map for the Gigabit Seattle roll out.  Our house (on Northeast 94th Street) falls in the coverage zone and I’m excited about the possibility of super fast connectivity.  Just thought I’d pass it along for other folks in the area.

Last month Ann wrote:

The border that they are defining for the Northgate area includes the northwest portion of Maple Leaf, down to Northeast 91st Street.  I wrote to them today to see how hard and fast that boundary is and they said that if there is a lot of interest and demand that they may expand the boundary to include more of Maple Leaf.

I was wondering if you could post some information about this project on the Maple Leaf Life?  The more people that know about it and express interest by signing up for more information on the Gigabit Seattle website means that the service could be available in Maple Leaf soon.

Several other readers have also hoped they could leverage interest to expand the planned area, which is defined in the map above.

Here’s what we know: Broadband internet is really, really fast. Gigabit Seattle, as the name implies, promises “speeds that are 1000 times faster than the typical high-speed connection.”

Here’s what we don’t know, and have had no luck finding out: What will it cost?

For a service that’s supposed to go live in a half-year, you’d think there’d be an answer to that. Here’s what their website says:

Our rates are yet to be finalized, but households and businesses should expect extremely competitive rates.The network is one of digital inclusion, requiring pricing that is not discretionary based on income level – for households or businesses.

Gigabit Seattle will also offer cost effective access through its wireless neighborhood cloud network where available.

Emails to both the Seattle office and Gigabit Squared in Washington, D.C. have gone unreturned.

Some background. After the plan to provide broadband access citywide died last year, Seattle in December announced a partnership with broadband developer Gigabit and the University of Washington to use existing but unused  fiber-optic cable to bring blazing Internet speed to several neighborhoods that actually had the cable.

In February the initial dozen neighborhoods participating in the demonstration project were increased to 14. On its website, Gigabit Seattle says that will bring service to 100,000 citizens and businesses. There is the possibility of some wireless access as well.

Our sister site, My Ballard, reported: “Gigabit Squared has secured the funding needed to begin their detailed engineering plans. They plan to release their updated business plan by April. This plan will include the cost of laying the fiber, the subsequent price customers will pay for the service and the estimated date that the fiber can begin to be used.”

So stay tuned.

If you’re interested in registering for the service, click here.

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