Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

Seattle mayor wants to amend rule that’s restricting companies from building high-speed fiber networks

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is getting serious about helping his constituents access faster Internet. In a press conference today announcing CenturyLink’s new gigabit Internet offering in Seattle, Murray said that he will submit legislation to City Council that will change a rule and allow companies like CenturyLink to more easily build out fiber networks. In order to reach residents… Read More

A manhole cover in Seattle’s University District marks one of the access points for the Seattle's existing fiber-optic network, which was to be leveraged by Gigabit Squared to provide high-speed Internet to homes and businesses in the city. That partnership fell apart in December.

City of Seattle sues Gigabit Squared for unpaid bill of $52,250 after botched broadband deal

Not only did Gigabit Squared fail on its promise to bring ultra-fast broadband to Seattle last year, but the company also left the city with an unpaid bill of $52,250. Now, the city wants that money — and it’s taking Gigabit Squared to court in order to get it. As we reported back in January, financial problems forced Cincinnati-based… Read More

Wave Business Solutions

Wave Broadband acquires another fiber-based Internet company, this time CPI

For the third time in the last 15 months, WaveDivision Holdings has acquired another fiber-based company. Kirkland-based WaveDivision, which operates Wave Broadband, announced Wednesday the acquisition of Capacity Provisioning Incorporated (CPI), the largest privately owned fiber-based provider on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. WaveDivision CEO Steve Weed told us that… Read More

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray.

Seattle mayor prefers publicly-funded Internet utility, wants to ‘evaluate relationship with Comcast’

Seattle was left with no fiber Internet late last year after the city’s private partner, Gigabit Squared, failed to raise adequate funding for a much-anticipated high-speed network and instead left an unpaid bill of $52,250. So what now? New Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who took office on Jan. 1, has plans to re-assess the entire idea of bringing ultra… Read More

A Cyber Threat Intelligence Map inside Microsoft's new Cybercrime Center.

Here are the 10 countries where you’ll find the world’s fastest Internet

If fast Internet is your number one priority when thinking about where to live, East Asia might your best bet. That’s one takeaway from Akamai’s Q3 2013 “State of the Internet” report that was published today and analyzed Internet connections in locations around the world based on data from Akamai’s Intelligent Platform. Globally, Internet speeds… Read More

Former Gigabit Squared executive Mark Ansboury.

Gigabit Squared co-founder stepping down after botched broadband deal in Seattle

Gigabit Squared is turning into a saga that’s perhaps more aptly titled Gigabit Screwed. In the latest chapter, the president and co-founder of the company, Mark Ansboury, confirmed that’s he’s parting ways with the Cincinnati, Ohio-based broadband Internet provider. The decision comes just five days after GeekWire reported that Gigabit Squared — which had contracted… Read More


Internet everywhere: Kymeta marks successful demo of cutting-edge satellite antenna

Kymeta, the wireless technology company spun out of Intellectual Ventures and backed by investors including Bill Gates, says it has achieved a milestone with a successful demonstration of its portable broadband antenna technology — establishing a two-way satellite Internet connection using a high-tech approach that can efficiently steer a beam to maintain a link without any… Read More

David Cohen

Comcast and Khan Academy team on broadband push for low-income families

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Comcast Executive Vice President David L. Cohen took the stage at The Atlantic’s Silicon Valley Summit this morning to announce a new partnership with Khan Academy to help bring broadband internet access to underprivileged communities. The popular online education site will partner with Comcast’s Internet Essentials program in what the company is describing as… Read More

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Report: U.S. ranks 31st in broadband speed tests

“We’re number 31″ doesn’t quite have a ring to it. But according to new numbers, that’s what Internet users in the U.S. should be chanting. According to the latest numbers from Ookla’s Net Index, the United States ranks 31st among every other country for internet download speeds, and 42nd for upload speeds. The data was… Read More

Gov. Jay Inslee speaking at GeekWire Startup Day 2013.

Washington completes installation of 1,600-mile, $140M broadband network for rural areas

Fast Internet speeds are coming to those living in the not-so-populated areas of Washington. A three-year, $140 million project to bring broadband Internet to rural Washington is finally completed, as businesses, hospitals, libraries, residents, and government agencies like police and fire departments in remote areas now have access to lightning quick Internet. The project was made… Read More


Study: 70% of Americans now have broadband

The percentage of American homes with broadband Internet connectivity continues to increase, yet 30 percent of Americans still don’t have high-speed Internet. That’s the conclusion of a report today by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. “We’ve consistently found that age, education, and household income are among the strongest factors associated with home… Read More


Gigabit Squared makes investment to bolster Seattle’s super-fast gigabit Internet

Some in the internet service provider space have expressed concern over Gigabit Squared’s plans to bring lightning-fast fiber Internet speeds to Seattle, mainly because the company had no infrastructure set up in the city yet. “The big problem is that they haven’t built anything,” Spectrum Networks co-founder John van Oppen said of Gigabit in June. “Given that they don’t… Read More


Why this ISP is wary of Seattle’s new gigabit Internet provider

There was a lot of excitement in Seattle on Monday after Washington D.C. broadband developer Gigabit Squared announced its residential rates for the ultra high-speed fiber network in Seattle it agreed to build last December. But Gigabit Squared actually isn’t the first to offer laser-quick Internet in the city. Spectrum Networks is a Seattle-based wholesale provider of Internet service to businesses. It also… Read More


Blazing fast broadband on the cheap: Pricing unveiled for Seattle’s gigabit Internet

Good news for those wanting to browse the web and download content at breakneck speeds: Ultra-fast Internet is officially arriving in Seattle early next year at an affordable price. Washington D.C. broadband developer Gigabit Squared today announced residential rates for the ultra high-speed fiber network in Seattle it agreed to build last December. There will be three pricing… Read More


Sprint launches legal attack, says Dish attempted to ‘fool’ Clearwire shareholders in ‘bad faith’ bid

Well, nearly everyone saw this coming. Sprint has turned to the courts to try to stop Dish Network’s purchase of Clearwire, the Bellevue-broadband wireless company that’s highly coveted for its wireless spectrum. In a lawsuit filed today against Dish and Clearwire, Sprint argues in the 45-page document that Dish’s proposed buyout violates Delaware Corporate Law and… Read More


Who needs Google Fiber? Comcast exec says U.S. consumers not ready for gigabit bandwidth

As far as Comcast is concerned, gigabit broadband is more bandwidth than consumers want, though they might not know it. In an editorial published today in the Philadelphia Inquirer, David L. Cohen, Comcast’s Executive Vice President, took aim at criticism leveled at the U.S. telecommunications industry regarding high speed broadband. “For some, the discussion about… Read More


Clearwire subscriber count falls 8% as losses continue to mount

It’s safe to say that Clearwire, the Bellevue-based mobile broadband company, is going through a transformative period as two rival bids (one from Sprint and other from Dish Network) remain outstanding. As that drama continues to unfold, Clearwire today posted fourth quarter and year-end results. In an earnings call today, CEO Erik Prusch briefly addressed… Read More


Internet report: 98.7 percent of Washington residents have access to broadband

The Washington State Broadband Office released its third annual Broadband Report today and more than 500 of the state’s 629 communities saw better access and/or higher speeds to broadband internet this past year. Based on data derived from the National Broadband Map, the report found that 98.7 percent of the state’s residents live in areas where broadband… Read More


Mapping Seattle’s gigabit Internet plans: Are you in or out?

After Seattle mayor Mike McGinn announced an agreement Thursday with broadband developer Gigabit Squared to operate a high-speed fiber network in Seattle throughout 12 neighborhoods, most tech people in the area had a simple question: Am I in or am I out? I am not in the Seattle fiber initial project areas, darn it. — Glenn Fleishman (@GlennF) December 14, 2012 It’s… Read More


Clearwire shares surge after Sprint positions for full buyout

Shares of Clearwire jumped more than 10 percent today after CNBC reported that Sprint Nextel may try to acquire its remaining interest in the Bellevue broadband wireless provider by the end of the year. CNBC’s David Faber said that Sprint — which has agreed to be acquired by Japan’s Softbank — may attempt to acquire the… Read More