Seattle gives up plans for citywide broadband network
From The Seattle Times: Seattle ended its “community wireless service” project, a city-sponsored, superfast broadband network —ending nearly a decade of blue-ribbon commissions, studies and public outreach.
The new plan is to sell portions of the city’s internal fiber network to the highest bidder. Mayor Mike McGinn is expected to propose an ordinance within two weeks to offer up “excess capacity.” Apartment developers, private schools or even a hospital could end up using parts of the network Seattle spent more than $50 million building for city use.
The city is putting energy into a project with the University of Washington to use city assets for a small pocket of fast broadband.