Comments on: Gigabit Squared high-speed Internet service deal reportedly ‘dead’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/gigabit-squared-high-speed-internet-service-deal-reportedly-dead/ West Seattle news, 24/7 Mon, 28 Jul 2014 06:01:22 +0200 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 By: Steve D http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/gigabit-squared-high-speed-internet-service-deal-reportedly-dead/#comment-1192993 Steve D Fri, 10 Jan 2014 02:44:59 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=261251#comment-1192993 @Eli: I have C-Link service on Genesee Hill but my situation is complicated by the fact that I live in a small area of the neighborhood that apparently can't receive more than 5 megabit service due to... they're not really sure. I've had techs and trucks out here several times to troubleshoot the poor service but no real answers. The best I could make out was that there's a bridgetap on the phone line nearby, but since it seems to be underground I was told they can't touch it because of certain politics between them and the city. I had 12MB when I lived about 8 blocks away. In short, I'd make sure their promise of high-speed service is true for your block. @Eli:
I have C-Link service on Genesee Hill but my situation is complicated by the fact that I live in a small area of the neighborhood that apparently can’t receive more than 5 megabit service due to… they’re not really sure. I’ve had techs and trucks out here several times to troubleshoot the poor service but no real answers. The best I could make out was that there’s a bridgetap on the phone line nearby, but since it seems to be underground I was told they can’t touch it because of certain politics between them and the city. I had 12MB when I lived about 8 blocks away. In short, I’d make sure their promise of high-speed service is true for your block.

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By: redblack http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/gigabit-squared-high-speed-internet-service-deal-reportedly-dead/#comment-1192824 redblack Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:26:06 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=261251#comment-1192824 Raybro: . <i>It takes people in power that know what they are dealing with, and have the will to change it. Not saying it’s easy, but it is doable.</i> . lol. you're preaching to the choir there, bro. Raybro:
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It takes people in power that know what they are dealing with, and have the will to change it. Not saying it’s easy, but it is doable.
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lol. you’re preaching to the choir there, bro.

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By: WSB http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/gigabit-squared-high-speed-internet-service-deal-reportedly-dead/#comment-1192217 WSB Thu, 09 Jan 2014 07:11:51 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=261251#comment-1192217 The mayor posted an update of sorts on his own site: . http://murray.seattle.gov/an-update-on-the-status-of-a-fiber-to-home-network-in-seattle/ The mayor posted an update of sorts on his own site:
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http://murray.seattle.gov/an-update-on-the-status-of-a-fiber-to-home-network-in-seattle/

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By: raybro http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/gigabit-squared-high-speed-internet-service-deal-reportedly-dead/#comment-1192140 raybro Thu, 09 Jan 2014 05:13:51 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=261251#comment-1192140 Hey redblack.... How is a non viable option (GB2) nothing more "dreamy talk and hype"? Don't you think a serious Mayor would have done a little homework instead of just spouting bogus platitudes? I also don't see why City Light can't build the network and then have some say in the price others charge to provide content over their network. If it would make sense that they also be able to provide content, then laws can be changed. It takes people in power that know what they are dealing with, and have the will to change it. Not saying it's easy, but it is doable. Hey redblack….
How is a non viable option (GB2) nothing more “dreamy talk and hype”? Don’t you think a serious Mayor would have done a little homework instead of just spouting bogus platitudes? I also don’t see why City Light can’t build the network and then have some say in the price others charge to provide content over their network. If it would make sense that they also be able to provide content, then laws can be changed. It takes people in power that know what they are dealing with, and have the will to change it. Not saying it’s easy, but it is doable.

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By: higginh2 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/gigabit-squared-high-speed-internet-service-deal-reportedly-dead/#comment-1191781 higginh2 Wed, 08 Jan 2014 20:43:15 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=261251#comment-1191781 I've had Clear since 2007 and still pay what I paid back then - $25 a month. It's perfectly acceptable for what I do (general web surfing, streaming, uploading photos, etc.) and is reliable. Only one outage lasting more than a few minutes in the six years I've had it. I’ve had Clear since 2007 and still pay what I paid back then – $25 a month. It’s perfectly acceptable for what I do (general web surfing, streaming, uploading photos, etc.) and is reliable. Only one outage lasting more than a few minutes in the six years I’ve had it.

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By: WSB http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/gigabit-squared-high-speed-internet-service-deal-reportedly-dead/#comment-1191622 WSB Wed, 08 Jan 2014 16:47:20 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=261251#comment-1191622 Things do change. Our area initially didn't have Qwest/CenturyLink available but when we checked back a few years ago, it did. We have both because, given our business, we need to have as many redundancies as possible (in addition to two home services, we also have Verizon and Sprint mi-fis, for working in the field and for home outage backups). I prefer the CenturyLink connection, at least for what I do, which involves a lot of photos, some video uploading, and of course lots of text. The connection has been more reliable - TR Things do change. Our area initially didn’t have Qwest/CenturyLink available but when we checked back a few years ago, it did. We have both because, given our business, we need to have as many redundancies as possible (in addition to two home services, we also have Verizon and Sprint mi-fis, for working in the field and for home outage backups). I prefer the CenturyLink connection, at least for what I do, which involves a lot of photos, some video uploading, and of course lots of text. The connection has been more reliable – TR

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By: sam-c http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/gigabit-squared-high-speed-internet-service-deal-reportedly-dead/#comment-1191615 sam-c Wed, 08 Jan 2014 16:41:13 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=261251#comment-1191615 seabreeze, you would think we would have access to DSL, right? we tried to sign up with Qwest (via their Southcenter mall kiosk) about 7 years ago, soon after we had moved into our house. at the kiosk, we were told they had service at our house and so we signed up. 3 weeks later when we hadn't been serviced or set up yet, we called to find out what the deal was. the response was, "oh, I guess our DSL doesn't service your street after all..." I haven't checked lately, but I assume that is still the case? seabreeze, you would think we would have access to DSL, right?
we tried to sign up with Qwest (via their Southcenter mall kiosk) about 7 years ago, soon after we had moved into our house. at the kiosk, we were told they had service at our house and so we signed up. 3 weeks later when we hadn’t been serviced or set up yet, we called to find out what the deal was. the response was, “oh, I guess our DSL doesn’t service your street after all…” I haven’t checked lately, but I assume that is still the case?

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By: Eli http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/gigabit-squared-high-speed-internet-service-deal-reportedly-dead/#comment-1191589 Eli Wed, 08 Jan 2014 16:01:41 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=261251#comment-1191589 This is unfortunate to see. Now I suppose our only hope is for Google Fiber to come here, or perhaps Microsoft get in the game? I had hoped the latter might. With their big push into the hardware sector, the next logical step seems to provide the service the facilitate the use of said hardware, but I know that's a big step. Does anyone in West Seattle have Century Link that can comment on its performance? I've been tempted to switch, but while the prices are better, I have heard speeds are lacking. All that said, I'd pay the same money I do to Comcast to anyone else that could provide some semblance of competent customer service and human decency. This is unfortunate to see. Now I suppose our only hope is for Google Fiber to come here, or perhaps Microsoft get in the game? I had hoped the latter might. With their big push into the hardware sector, the next logical step seems to provide the service the facilitate the use of said hardware, but I know that’s a big step.

Does anyone in West Seattle have Century Link that can comment on its performance? I’ve been tempted to switch, but while the prices are better, I have heard speeds are lacking.

All that said, I’d pay the same money I do to Comcast to anyone else that could provide some semblance of competent customer service and human decency.

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By: redblack http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/gigabit-squared-high-speed-internet-service-deal-reportedly-dead/#comment-1191508 redblack Wed, 08 Jan 2014 14:07:24 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=261251#comment-1191508 Dan: i believe comcast's current 10-year contract with seattle is up in 2016. so, yeah. now would be the time to get involved in leaning on the council to stop them from giving comcast another profit-laden contract. this city pays some of the highest cable bills in the country for the least amount of service. Dan: i believe comcast’s current 10-year contract with seattle is up in 2016. so, yeah. now would be the time to get involved in leaning on the council to stop them from giving comcast another profit-laden contract. this city pays some of the highest cable bills in the country for the least amount of service.

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By: redblack http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/gigabit-squared-high-speed-internet-service-deal-reportedly-dead/#comment-1191505 redblack Wed, 08 Jan 2014 14:02:03 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=261251#comment-1191505 raybro: mcginn <b>did</b> find the best option for beating comcast, and there are pitifully few. look: how many entities have the money or the resources to compete with comcast? he seems to have found the only one. the obvious problem is that they ran out of money. there has been talk of FTTH in seattle for almost 20 years, but mcginn came closer than anyone to inking a deal. . regarding the city running its own FTTH network, this is, unfortunately, illegal under current state telecommunications law. a municipal public utility cannot provide end-user retail services; only wholesale. they can own the transmission lines, but they can't provide the internet or cable services. . however, a public trust is a private entity. any lawyers or billionaires out there wannna look into that and get the ball rolling? . bezos? allen? gates? schultz? boeing? hello? . tacoma power started click! network prior to this 2002 law. and for the record, they are still running cable television over electricity transmission lines. i don't know if they have a fiber network, but if they do, it's probably run by a private entity like frontier or wave. raybro: mcginn did find the best option for beating comcast, and there are pitifully few. look: how many entities have the money or the resources to compete with comcast? he seems to have found the only one. the obvious problem is that they ran out of money. there has been talk of FTTH in seattle for almost 20 years, but mcginn came closer than anyone to inking a deal.
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regarding the city running its own FTTH network, this is, unfortunately, illegal under current state telecommunications law. a municipal public utility cannot provide end-user retail services; only wholesale. they can own the transmission lines, but they can’t provide the internet or cable services.
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however, a public trust is a private entity. any lawyers or billionaires out there wannna look into that and get the ball rolling?
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bezos? allen? gates? schultz? boeing? hello?
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tacoma power started click! network prior to this 2002 law. and for the record, they are still running cable television over electricity transmission lines. i don’t know if they have a fiber network, but if they do, it’s probably run by a private entity like frontier or wave.

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By: Seabreeze http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/gigabit-squared-high-speed-internet-service-deal-reportedly-dead/#comment-1191280 Seabreeze Wed, 08 Jan 2014 08:25:22 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=261251#comment-1191280 Can none of you guys get DSL? Works good for me. Maybe you are too far from the Central office to keep the speed up? I share your distain for Comcast. Can none of you guys get DSL? Works good for me. Maybe you are too far from the Central office to keep the speed up? I share your distain for Comcast.

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By: Dan http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/gigabit-squared-high-speed-internet-service-deal-reportedly-dead/#comment-1191173 Dan Wed, 08 Jan 2014 05:35:27 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=261251#comment-1191173 I would love to find a few dedicated folks that would help in writing a ballot measure to end the Comcast strangle hold on high speed and cable. I have talk about it for 3 years now as a joke with my friends as my gift to society to one day make that happen. I don't know if seattle would take on creating its own network but at least open it up to competition for other providers. My brother has Click! Down in Tacoma and loves it when compared to Comcast. I would love to find a few dedicated folks that would help in writing a ballot measure to end the Comcast strangle hold on high speed and cable. I have talk about it for 3 years now as a joke with my friends as my gift to society to one day make that happen. I don’t know if seattle would take on creating its own network but at least open it up to competition for other providers. My brother has Click! Down in Tacoma and loves it when compared to Comcast.

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By: Mike http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/gigabit-squared-high-speed-internet-service-deal-reportedly-dead/#comment-1191162 Mike Wed, 08 Jan 2014 05:17:25 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=261251#comment-1191162 If comcasts campaign contribution is what ousted McGinn, hell I should thank them and add Showtime. If comcasts campaign contribution is what ousted McGinn, hell I should thank them and add Showtime.

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By: raybro http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/gigabit-squared-high-speed-internet-service-deal-reportedly-dead/#comment-1191147 raybro Wed, 08 Jan 2014 04:59:03 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=261251#comment-1191147 "Not sure how it’s McGinn’s fault". An utterly predictable result from the former mayor’s do-little administration. Lot’s of dreamy talk & hype, but no action or substance. Perfectly McGinn in every way. Of course Comcast was protecting "their turf". If McGinn was really serious about better internet, he would have proposed a viable solution, getting City Light into the fiber business. Good riddens to that Blowhole Fraud. “Not sure how it’s McGinn’s fault”.

An utterly predictable result from the former mayor’s do-little administration. Lot’s of dreamy talk & hype, but no action or substance. Perfectly McGinn in every way.

Of course Comcast was protecting “their turf”. If McGinn was really serious about better internet, he would have proposed a viable solution, getting City Light into the fiber business. Good riddens to that Blowhole Fraud.

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By: AZ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/01/gigabit-squared-high-speed-internet-service-deal-reportedly-dead/#comment-1191099 AZ Wed, 08 Jan 2014 03:51:17 +0000 http://westseattleblog.com/?p=261251#comment-1191099 Not sure how it's McGinn's fault. Comcast donated "heavily" to Murray's campaign. At least McGinn was trying to make it happen instead of being in bed with the enemy. http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/10/31/comcast-is-donating-heavily-to-defeat-the-mayor-who-is-bringing-gigabit-fiber-to-seattle/ Not sure how it’s McGinn’s fault. Comcast donated “heavily” to Murray’s campaign. At least McGinn was trying to make it happen instead of being in bed with the enemy.

http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-switch/wp/2013/10/31/comcast-is-donating-heavily-to-defeat-the-mayor-who-is-bringing-gigabit-fiber-to-seattle/

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