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July 17, 2006 at 4:55 PM

Today’s column on Seattle broadband

Today’s column on Seattle’s efforts to develop a superfast broadband network was a tough one. I don’t want to be a naysayer and I hope the city does get a better network soon. But I also think the community ought to have more of a conversation about how much it wants to contribute to a private system.

I’m also curious about whether Seattle should involve neighboring communities and King County in the process. A regional plan may be impossible with all the franchises and telecommunications regulations, but at least smaller communities could benefit from Seattle’s research.

We published a list of companies that responded to Seattle’s request for interest, but the companies aren’t all interested in providing service to consumers. Some are offering to provide services or equipment. Microsoft and Google aren’t on the list.

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