2013 – July

Seattle: Gigabit Squared makes investment to bolster Seattle’s super-fast gigabit internet (Geekwire) July 31, 2013

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.

Seattle: Gigabit Squared announces multi-million dollar conduit investment in Seattle broadband project (MarketWatch) July 31, 2013

Gigabit Squared today announced its first major investment in its Seattle fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) project, purchasing conduit along with other assets from Zayo, a leading provider of telecommunications infrastructure and services in seven countries and 45 states. The conduit – essentially an underground pipe – runs the length of the City of Seattle from the northeast to the southwest and will carry the Gigabit fiber backbone for the Gigabit Squared Seattle project (www.gigabitseattle.com). The conduit purchase represents a multi-million dollar investment in the project and will help Gigabit Squared more effectively utilize excess fiber capacity the company will lease from the City of Seattle.

San Juan: Glenna Hall appointed to OPALCO Board of Directors (San Juan Islander) July 29, 2013

At their July 18th meeting in Eastsound, the OPALCO Board of Directors appointed Glenna Hall, of San Juan Island, to fill the vacant seat for District 1 (San Juan, Brown, Henry, Pearl and Speiden islands). The seat was vacated in May when George Mulligan resigned from the Board.

Chelan: Wright to take top Chelan PUD post for love of river (Wenatchee World) July 25, 2013

Steve Wright, the recently retired head of the Bonneville Power Administration, has accepted the job as general manager of the Chelan County PUD. He’ll start work Sept. 3.

Chelan: Former BPA big fish, Steve Wright, to take top job at Chelan PUD (Wenatchee World) July 24, 2013

Steve Wright, a longtime public-power big fish who recently retired from the top post of the Bonneville Power Administration will be the next general manager of the Chelan County PUD…

…Wright annual salary of $295,000 – a big leap from the approximately $180,000 he earned annually at the BPA – and a five-year contract that includes juicy retirement benefits, $40,000 in moving expenses, 45 days of vacation annually and severance pay if he is fired without cause.

Tacoma: Tacoma voters will decide whether to raise taxes on utilities (Q13 Fox News) July 23, 2013

The measure would levy an additional % earnings tax on electricity, natural gas and telephone utilities.

Grant: Upcoming Grant PUD meeting agenda item (Grant PUD) July 22, 2013

Resolution Amending the District’s Telecommunica-tions Customer Service Policy Section 3.4.

Motion authorizing the Manager, on behalf of the District, to approve Change Order No. 9 to Contract 430-1231 with Andre & Associates Interpretation & Design (AAID), revising scope of services, payment terms, and rate schedule, increasing the not-to-exceed contract price by $2,533,680.46 for a new contract total of $3,794,658.46, and extending the contract completion date to December 31, 2014.

Douglas: PUD reduces fiber hook-up rate (Wenatchee World) July 18, 2013

Douglas County residents who already have access to the PUD’s fiber-optic network may now hook up for $150.

Pend Oreille: PUD fiber project costs growing (Miner Online) July 17, 2013

The Pend Oreille Public Utility District’s fiber to home project is running 13 percent over budget, or about $4.3 million, as opposed to the $1.9 million staff had earlier estimated. The board and staff discussed the issue at the commissioners’ regular meeting Tuesday.

Seattle: Mayor McGinn’s broadband dreams slow to materialize (KUOW) July 16, 2013

When Mike McGinn ran for mayor in 2009, he campaigned on the promise of high-speed internet for all of Seattle. But once elected, he struggled to implement anything close to that. Four years later McGinn still presides over a city of internet haves and have-nots.

Jefferson: PUD contracts with NoaNet for operation of local BTOP fiber network (Wayne King YouTube) July 11, 2013

Video of report to PUD Board of Directors, June 2013, on anchor institution contracts and wireless provider MobileLisa.
Around the Country

Asotin: Port of Clarkston begins project to upgrae high speed internet (KLEW CBS 3) July 12, 2013
The Port of Clarkston is moving into the construction phase of their telecommunications project, after awarding a bid to a local contractor.

Seattle: Mayor McGinn’s broadband dreams slow to materialize (KUOW) July 15, 2013
When Mike McGinn ran for mayor in 2009, he campaigned on the promise of high-speed internet for all of Seattle. But once elected, he struggled to implement anything close to that. Four years later McGinn still presides over a city of internet haves and have-nots.

Seattle: The business of bringing fat pipe internet to Capitol Hill’s apartment dwellers (CHS Capital Hill) July 12, 2013

There are many advantages to Capitol Hill’s dense blocks of apartments and coming eight-story buildings. One should be a fat pipe. The Internet, like a sewer system, requires infrastructure and the more people hooking up closer together the better. But a new plan to bring affordable super-fast online access to the city may not benefit Capitol Hill’s thousands of apartment dwellers – and one competitor service is particularly skeptical.

Spokane/Whitman: Intellicheck Mobilisa subsidiary wins two enterprise wireless contracts (MarketWatch) July 10, 2013

Mobilisa, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Intellicheck Mobilisa, Inc., a global leader in identity solutions and wireless security systems, was awarded two wireless contracts from the Northwest Open Access Network (NoaNet) to install very high-speed broadband to the Deer Park Library in Spokane County, WA and the Farmington Library in Whitman County, WA. The total value of the two contracts is approximately $260,000.

Seattle: McGinn’s version of broadband (Crosscut) Jully 8, 2013

When it comes to throwing political weight around, The Seattle Times isn’t shy about being obvious – see the paper’s advertising scheme for Rob McKenna last year. But sometimes they’re less upfront about it than others. [scroll down]

Grant: PUD expands fiber to MarDon area (Royal Register) July 2, 2013

If you happen to see men and machines installing fiber optic lines in the MarDon area, that’s the Grant County PUD expanding phone, TV and high-speed Internet availability into small and rural communities.

Seattle: Times ed board’s pitiful swing at McGinn’s gigabit broadband (The SunBreak) July 2, 2013

There is just no pleasing some people: “Mayor Mike McGinn’s Failed Broadband Promise,” groused the Seattle Times editorial board yesterday. (Visit PubliCola to read what McGinn was actually saying at the time.)

Seattle: Times doesn’t understand [diddly] about Mayor McGinn’s broadband strategy (The Stranger-Slog) July 2, 2013

I know that the Seattle Times editorial board is just desperate to brand Mayor Mike McGinn a failure, and sure, he has failed at some things (who hasn’t?), but honestly, when it comes to the mayor’s “failed broadband promise,” they simply don’t know what the [f***] they are talking about:

Seattle: Mayor Mike McGinn’s failed broadband promise (Seattle Times-Editorial) July 1, 2013

TWO decades ago, Seattle and a consortium of public agencies began building a network of superfast fiber cable. It was intended to lower municipal telecom costs and anticipated the upcoming digital century. Speed brings innovation; the future demanded both.

Seattle: $20 for 768 kbps internet? AT&T “deal shows sad state of US broadband (Ars Technica) July 1, 2013

For many years, I was an AT&T DSL customer with a “top of the line” 6Mbps connection. Eventually, the company’s inability to offer faster speeds in the Chicago area drove me into the waiting arms of Comcast, which was substantially more expensive but had the great virtue of at least offering speeds of 20+ Mbps.

Seattle: Wave Broadband CEO not worried about Gigabit: ‘We compete with the big guys’ (Puget Sound Business Journal) July 1, 2013

Wave Broadband isn’t interested in leasing the city of Seattle’s fiber network. “We don’t need it,” said Wave CEO Steve Weed.

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