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Blazing broadband Internet just weeks away?

May 21st, 2015 by Mike

Rich emails:

I live on Northeast 100th Street @ 15th Avenue Northeast,  where as you know they have been installing fiber on the poles for the CenturyLink Gigabit Internet service.

Being the geek that I am I have been chatting the technicians up trying to get an idea of how soon the service would become available.

Up to now the answer has been “soon, real soon . . ” but yesterday the technician splicing some of the last bits of fiber told me they were in testing mode now and things should be ready within 30 days.

Also, they had a sandwich board out advertising the service with a LOCAL number to call. (see attached picture.)

I phoned the number and it’s a local person who forwarded my information to the install technicians.

He said I should be expecting a call soon and could have service in as little as three weeks!

We, too, called the number and got CenturyLink’s Dewayne Reichert, who confirmed that around 250 Maple Leaf neighborhood houses are about to become eligible for really, really fast fiber-optic Internet connections – within weeks.

We’ve asked for further details.

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Yes, it appears CenturyLink is bringing fiber high-speed Internet here, hopefully successfully

April 2nd, 2015 by Mike

The lure of high-speed Internet connections (1 GB per second – read “really, really fast”) has been around for years in Maple Leaf.


Gigabit service through fiber-optic lines, perhaps 1,000 times faster than a “typical” Internet connection, has been tried twice thrice here (we forgot Google), by the city and by GigaBit Squared – that one died a little over a year ago.

But several readers, including Scott, noticed utility trucks last month were stringing fiber along our utility poles.

In my neighborhood around Northeast 75th Street and Roosevelt Way Northeast (south end of Maple Leaf), CenturyLink has been laying fiber on the utility poles today. When I saw lines being put on the poles, I asked one of the installers and he confirmed that it was fiber for CenturyLink.

When CenturyLink recently said they were adding Greenlake as a neighborhood for gigabit Internet, I guess they consider this area part of that. I have no idea how far the wiring is going, and where it ends.

Here at Maple Leaf Life South, we, too, have confirmed the installers say they are working for CenturyLink.

We have a query into the company now. GeekWire says of the service:

It costs $79.95 per month when bundled with other qualifying CenturyLink services like a home phone or TV subscription, usually for a minimum combined cost of $115 per month.

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