2013 – February

Pend Oreille: Fiber project lighting up (The Miner Online) February 27, 2013

…This goes along with more than 380 miles of new overhead fiber backbone they have installed…  (subscription required)

King-Seattle: Gig.U letter to FCC Genachowski (Gig.U) February 26, 2013

Dear Chairman Genachowski,

Congratulations on the announcement of your Gigabit Challenge in your recent speech to the U.S. Conference of Mayors. We applaud your sentiments and are excited by your challenge to have a gigabit community in every state by the year 2015.

Mason: PUD 3 releases Harstine Island cable video (Mason PUD) February 26, 2013

Mason County PUD No. 3 has released a video showing how crews pulled a three-phase power and fiber optic cable across the Harstine Island Bridge.

Seattle: Ask Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn (KUOW News and Information) February 25, 2013

Mayor McGinn discusses Gigabit Squared pilot projects in Seattle neighborhoods, beginning at minute 21:22 through minutes 25.

Columbia & Garfield: Rural broadband project aims to bridge ‘digital divide’ (Walla Walla Union-Bulletin) February 26, 2013

Last month, a patron accessing an e-book at the Dayton Memorial Library could expect to wait five hours for the download to be completed.

The reason for this wait time? Until a recently completed overhaul of the region’s infrastructure, outdated cable infrastructure across rural Eastern Washington meant small towns such as Dayton were receiving Internet through telephone lines, dramatically limiting the speed of data transfers.

Kitsap: How are the KPUD wireless broadband technology pilot programs funded? (Kitsap Connection) February 25, 2013

No Kitsap Public Utility District water utility funds are used in the PUD’s telecommunications operations. Since 2000, KPUD has used a small property tax and federal funds to construct it’s broadband fiber-optic system. The backbone of over 150 miles of world-class, high-speed cable is used by, and connected to most public agencies in the county, and used as the trunk system for some of the area’s telecommunications companies, who in turn, retail services to their end users.

Dayton: A big thank you (NoaNet Facebook) February 20, 2013

A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to our open house in Dayton yesterday! Here’s NoaNet (Northwest Open Access Network) Chief Technology Officer Rob Kopp speaking to the crowd.
Kitsap: Bainbridge Island may get new public access TV channel (Bainbridge Review) February 22, 2013

Bainbridge Island’s own cable channel, BITV, faded to black two years ago. Now city officials are sending signals that a new channel could be coming online.

King: West Seattle plan for Gigabit Squared’s mega-fast broadband-followup (West Seattle Blog) February 21, 2013

Who wouldn’t love faster Internet access – if affordable? … We promised a followup, and talked this afternoon with Mark Ansboury from Gigabit Squared and the City of Seattle’s Chief Technology Officer Erin Devoto. Here’s what else we found out:

Kitsap: Port Orchard market could be helped by free wi-fi (Kitsap Sun) February 21, 2013

Things are looking up in downtown Port Orchard, according to news shared at Thursday’s Port Orchard Bay Street Association meeting by group president Don Ryan. A new year-round Pike Place-style market that Ryan has been working on is back on track after unexpected costs derailed plans. City officials Tuesday pledged to improve foot ferry service between Bremerton and Port Orchard, and the Kitsap Public Utility District is ready to expand its free Wi-Fi program to Bay Street.

Kitsap: Bainbridge council, community remains divided on transferring city water utility (Bainbridge Review) February 21, 2013

City Manager Doug Schulze has brought what could be the first steps to the city council on the idea to outsource management of Bainbridge Island’s water utility. It is the latest development in the recent effort to rid the city of its utility.

Seattle: McGinn’s State of the City speech (city of Seattle) February 20, 2013

Mayor McGinn today delivered his 2013 State of the City address in Seattle City Council Chambers. He detailed indicators of a recovering local economy, building great neighborhoods, new efforts to improve early learning in Seattle, a plan to update the Neighborhood Policing Plan and work to build out Seattle’s rail transit network. He also announced that Gigabit Squared has expanded its initial plans to build next generation high-speed broadband to now include West Seattle and Ballard, bringing the total number of demonstration projects to 14.

Seattle: State of the city, McGinn speaks from political strength (Crosscut) February 20, 2013

Mayor Mike McGinn is running for mayor from a position of strength. His many opponents have to raise funds and work at their day jobs, and they’ve done the mayor the service of dividing the opposition and improving his chances in the summer primary.

Chelan: Manager John Janney gives notice that he’ll leave Chelan PUD this year (NCWTV) February 18, 2013

In order to put more focus on his family and on serving his church, General Manager John Janney has announced that he will leave Chelan County PUD this year. He has informed the Board of Commissioners, and they have asked him to remain at his post until Aug. 1.

San Juan: Got questions about OPALCO broadband? I do. (Journal of the San Juan Islands) February 18, 2013

Here in the islands, we have a wonderful electric utility co-operative that has served our needs for a long time. At the moment the co-operative members are being asked to expand our co-operative into the area of telecommunications.

San Juan: Lopez group seeks vote on broadband initiative (Islands’ Sounder) February 15, 2013

Lopezians want members to vote on whether OPALCO should proceed with its $34 million broadband initiative.

Chelan: Moodys downgrades Chelan PUD revenue bonds to Aa3 (Bond Buyer) February 15, 2013

Consolidated System Subordinate notes, which are the most junior debt at Chelan PUD, have been downgraded to A1 from Aa3. The rating outlook has been revised to stable from negative.

Walla Walla: NoaNet broadband expansion connects southeast Washington (Broadband Properties) February 15, 2013

A major expansion of broadband fiber is now complete in Columbia, Garfield and Walla Walla counties, providing many local residents, businesses, hospitals, schools and libraries with access to high-speed Internet for the first time.

Seattle: INetU to launch West Coast presence with Seattle data center (PR Newswire) February 14, 2013

INetU, the industry’s experts in complex hosting and a global provider of business-centric managed cloud and application hosting, announced today the expansion of its data center footprint to the US west coast with the addition of a data center in Seattle, Wash. The company’s full product suite of enterprise level Cloud and security solutions will be available in Seattle beginning in April of this year.

Kitsap: Kitsap PUD wireless broadband technology pilot program: How does it work? (Kitsap Connection) February 13, 2013

KPUD’s wireless technology pilot program is the current, state-of-the-art extension of the KPUD’s CARENet,* and exploration of additional wholesale broadband options. KPUD will be testing practical limits of connection, placement, range and use of CARENet, including co-produced applications with county citizens and businesses.

Southeast WA: High-speed broadband expansion complete in Southeast Washington (KNDO Tri-Cities) February 13, 2013

A major expansion of broadband fiber is now finished in Walla Walla, Columbia and Garfield counties.

Chelan: Janney announces resignation from PUD (Wenatchee World) February 12, 2013

Chelan County PUD General Manager John Janney announced today that he’ll leave the utility by year’s end to focus more on family and church.

State: Data Center bill has Olympia examining proposals (The News Tribune) February 10, 2013

Taxpayers face a hefty bill for Washington’s oversized State Data Center project in Olympia, and the time to begin settling up has arrived.

Built as part of an office-building complex worth about $255 million, the high-tech center located a few blocks from the state Capitol hit a milestone recently when it began circulating data through servers for the first time.

Legislature: Data Center bill has Olympia examining proposals (The News Tribune) February 10, 2013

Taxpayers face a hefty bill for Washington’s oversized State Data Center project in Olympia, and the time to begin settling up has arrived…

…One idea mentioned by Carlyle is for the state to provide hosting services to cities, counties and even to serve as a data backup to other states.

King: Federal Way approves citywide fiber optic network (Federal Way Mirror) February 8, 2013

The Federal Way City Council unanimously approved a 10-year franchise agreement with Zayo Group LLC to allow that company to access city rights-of-way for the installation of fiber optic cables throughout Federal Way.

Chelan: PUD ends year $78 million in black (Wenatchee World) February 5, 2013

The Chelan County PUD spent less than expected last year and earned more for a bottom-line of nearly $78 million – about $5 million more than budgeted, commissioners learned Monday.

Chelan: PUD to restore fiber after storm damage (Community Broadband Networks) February 5, 2013

… The decision to restore service was made based on what is best for the community, not because it served the short term interest of shareholders.

Like other local community owned networks across the country, Chelan customers’ have the advantage of receiving service from an agency that is accountable to the people it serves.

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