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City of Seattle looks to expand fiber leasing plan

Seattle’s excess fiber optic cabling is officially for sale. Mayor Mike McGinn released a request for information today to private companies who want to use the city’s 500 miles of unused cabling throughout the city. “We are moving ahead on expanding our next-generation infrastructure, helping Seattle compete in the global economy,” McGinn said in a… Read More

Mayor Mike McGinn chats with former City of Seattle CTO Bill Schrier in Pioneer Square last year.

Seattle approves plan to lease fiber network to private firms

Seattle will now be able to lease unused fiber optic cabling throughout the city to private companies, possibly sparking faster Internet connectivity and creating a more competitive marketplace.  The Seattle City Council approved the measure today in a vote of 8-0. “The council’s vote allows us to challenge the private sector to use our unused fiber… Read More

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Mayor McGinn convenes startup roundtable: Could these 5 ideas transform Seattle’s startup community?

Can the City of Seattle do more to support startups? That was the question raised Tuesday night by Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, as he brought together more than a dozen tech and startup leaders to share thoughts on what’s missing from the tech community. From tech incubators to private universities to startup job advertisements at… Read More

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Mayor Mike McGinn touts innovation, says Seattle won’t win ‘race to the bottom’

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn believes that the key to the city’s future is a “high road” in which the region focuses intently on education, innovation and infrastructure. The remarks came as McGinn touted the addition of 3,270 new jobs at a press conference held today used to highlight the Mayor’s economic development proposals. McGinn’s remarks on innovation… Read More

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Broadband: Does the city of Seattle really need to step in?

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn is pushing to bring high-speed fiber-optic connections to businesses in the city, starting in Pioneer Square. But how far should the city go into an area where private companies compete? The latest episode of the public affairs program City Inside/Out on the Seattle Channel does a nice job exploring the debate over… Read More