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February 22, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Comcast-Time Warner: Break the monopoly and provide cheaper, faster service

The Times’ editorial, “Comcast-Time Warner merger would be a calamity” [Opinion, Feb. 18], rightly points out the unintended consequences of such a merger. Some additional perspectives: Comcast service is already ridiculously expensive at $114.95 per month (for their “best buy” most popular high-speed package). Consider that in Kansas City, Google provides 1 gigabit per…

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0 Comments | More in Internet | Topics: Cable, Comcast, Google

February 10, 2014 at 6:50 AM

Seattle must fix rules impeding next-generation broadband

A recent guest column by the executive director of the cable industry’s Broadband Communications Association of Washington raises some vital points about Seattle’s Internet infrastructure [“Why Seattle does not need to build a broadband network,” Opinion, Feb. 5]. While the opinion was mainly accurate, not all neighborhoods in Seattle have good Internet service options….

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0 Comments | More in Internet | Topics: CenturyLink, Internet, Mayor Ed Murray

February 7, 2014 at 6:20 AM

Broadband: Pursue what’s best for the city; charge providers

Pursue what’s best for the city, not Comcast

Thank you guest columnist Ron Main for explaining why I need Comcast to continue to provide me with slow, often unreliable Internet access at a very high cost [“Why Seattle does not need to build a broadband network,” Opinion, Feb. 5].

He justifies his argument against city involvement, in part, by claiming that 95 percent of city and state residents don’t avail themselves of Comcast’s “higher” speed offerings — so ergo, they don’t care about “fiber to home” access. He conveniently neglects to mention that Comcast charges high dollars for these increased speeds — a self-fulfilling prophecy if there ever was one.

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0 Comments | More in Internet | Topics: Beverly Marcus, Comcast, Internet

February 2, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Net neutrality: U.S. a leader for the ‘open Internet’

Your editorial on the recent net neutrality decision [“FCC must protect Internet users, net neutrality,” Opinion, Jan. 15] misses a few important points. First, by most measures, the U.S. is a world leader in broadband. We have the most affordable entry-level pricing; are one of only two countries with three competing broadband technologies; and…

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0 Comments | More in Internet | Topics: broadband, FCC, Internet

August 21, 2013 at 11:27 AM

Millions remain unplugged from Internet

Ask a librarian The article about millions of people not plugged in to the Internet barely mentioned libraries. [“Web’s there, but millions in U.S. not plugging in,” page one, Aug. 19.] I have been at the downtown library at opening time. A crowd surges in and heads for the computers. I have seen people at the…

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0 Comments | More in Economy, Seattle, technology | Topics: access, Internet, library