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December 13, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Seattle announces fiber partner, broadband test project

Seattle today announced a new partnership with a company that plans to use parts of the city-owned fiber-optic network to provide “ultra-fast” broadband services starting in 2013. Details are still being finalized but the city has signed a memorandum of understanding with Gigabit Squared, a Washington, D.C., venture backed by manufacturers of networking gear and other…


Comments | Topics: Broadband, Clearwire, Comcast

December 10, 2012 at 12:01 PM

T-Mobile upgrades Seattle network, ready for iPhone

T-Mobile USA today announced upgrades to its network, in several cities, including its hometown Seattle region. The company said the upgrades will improve voice and data service, signal strength and coverage inside buildings. T-Mobile’s making the upgrade in part by reallocating spectrum that had been used for 2G service. It’s still supporting 2G phones, but customers…


Comments | Topics: 4G, AT&T, Broadband

December 5, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Study: Washington No. 1 for broadband, tech economy

Sorry California. Washington topped a new national ranking of tech savvy states benefiting from broadband. The report was produced by TechNet, a Washington, D.C.-based lobbying group formed by tech executives who have pushed to make broadband a top priority for lawmakers. Among the founders is John Chambers, chief executive of network technology provider Cisco, which sponsored the…


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November 15, 2012 at 5:30 AM

Kirkland’s Wave raises $1 billion for broadband growth

Wave Broadband may have to change its name to Tsunami. The Kirkland-based company is announcing today that it has raised $1.052 billion to accelerate the expansion of its broadband network on the West Coast. That’s not all new money, though. It’s a recapitalization of the company, which has about $350 million in debt. The $1 billion…


Comments | Topics: Broadband, Clearwire, Comcast

July 23, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Wireless bills biting into consumer spending?

Here’s my theory on the ominous decline in consumer spending, the widening crack in the economy that suggests leaner times ahead. When the Commerce Department reported the spending slowdown last week, unemployment and stagnant wages received the blame. But I think there’s another reason Americans are cutting back: They’re trying to pay their enormous bills…


Comments | Topics: 4G, apple, AT&T

June 12, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Verizon unveils shared data plans, sea change begins?

Verizon Wireless today announced new shared data plans, a move that could lead to a shake-up in how people in the U.S. pay for wireless broadband on mobile devices. As more consumers use multiple wireless devices including phones, tablets and even Web-enabled cars, the old billing models that require minimum data plans per device make less…


Comments | Topics: 4G, AT&T, Broadband

May 7, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Seattle pulls plug on broadband plan

Forget about Seattle’s grand plans for a city-sponsored, superfast broadband network. Seattle has quietly given up, ending nearly a decade of blue-ribbon commissions, reams of studies and public outreach. Since 2004, residents were tantalized by the prospect of affordable, fiber-optic service that would offset the near monopoly of Comcast and boost creativity, collaboration and innovation. The closest…


Comments | Topics: broadband, Broadband, cable

March 26, 2012 at 10:17 AM

Clearwire, layoffs and the future of 4G wireless service

Garet Martin is ahead of the curve. The Portland resident experienced the future of 4G wireless service last week, and it wasn’t pretty. Martin gets wireless home broadband and phone service from Bellevue-based Clearwire. She’s generally pleased with the $63-a-month package, even though she has to move her modem when a particular tree gets leafy in the…


Comments | Topics: 4G, broadband, Broadband

November 28, 2011 at 10:08 AM

Comcast’s new moves, beyond the box

Cable giant Comcast is getting offensive, and I’m not just talking about rates. As Americans surround themselves with video screens that stream movies and TV shows from different websites, Comcast is going after the challengers. Comcast had to do something. It can no longer rely on the near monopoly provided by government franchises and content-licensing deals to…


Comments | Topics: Broadband, Comcast, digital cable

November 14, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Seattle broadband network floated again, sort of

Seven years after it began pursuing a city broadband network, Seattle’s trying again. Sort of. Mayor Mike McGinn and other dignitaries will announce a new, smaller effort Monday morning in South Lake Union. The plan is to offer city infrastructure to lure phone or cable companies willing to build ultrafast broadband in one or two…


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