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Monday, April 28, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Seattle is going to renew its cable franchise (monopoly agreements) shortly. They’re asking for feedback.
They want our input:
- On-line survey Take this on-line survey to help us gather information for the Comcast renewal process.
- Comcast Renewal Comments Complete this comment form to send us your renewal-related ideas and input.
- Send us an email at email@example.com
- Call our 24-hour Cable Line at (206) 684-8498
Reasons I think this is an important issue:
Broadband access is really sub-par in Seattle and the U.S. in general. In fact, the U.S. is near the lowest in broadband access among developed nations, yet has some of the highest broadband profits. This is because it is not a free market. Broadband is essentially monopoly, cell phones a duopoly. Comcast controls most of the market in both, and has little incentive to provide better access.
One of the first things that Murray did on taking office was to cancel the Gigabit fiber initiative that was I thought was a reall unsung victory of McGinn's. This would have increased internet speeds by a factor of 10 to 100, improved access, all without increasing costs overall. Not coincidentally, Comcast donated heavily to Murray's campaign.
This isn't an issue for most of us who can afford access and don't need high speeds. It's an issue for (a) equity: allowing more people to have reliable access to internet, including those who can't afford Comcast, and (b) ensuring our competitiveness in the technology market.
Monday, April 14, 2014
Below is how to submit comments. Here is a web page with all the information and here are the display boards that were at the meeting.
Friday, April 11, 2014
Earth Day Celebration & Plan Exchange
Come celebrate springtime in Seattle with fellow gardeners in your community! Share plants, seeds, tools, yard art and knowledge. Everyone is welcome, especially new gardeners. Also, there will be a gardening activity for children.
April 17, 2014
Miller Community Center
330 19th Ave E
Seattle, WA 98112
Please join us on Saturday, April 26 at 2 pm for a fun, inclusive, family-friendly ride/walk to explore potential greenway route options for the northern segment of the Central Seattle Neighborhood Greenway on the very steep north-east end of Capitol Hill.
We will convene at Montlake Elementary School at 2 pm, and will walk or bike in teams following one of 4 separate routes up the hill to Miller Community Center while taking pictures and completing a scavenger hunt along the way. Silly costumes welcome! At Miller Park we'll have kid-friendly games, prizes and refreshments, and a chance to share impressions of the routes. The event is organized by Seattle Neighborhood Greenways with support from Cascade Bicycle Club.
Here's a link to the Facebook event - please share widely!
We hope to see many of you there!
Merlin Rainwater for the Silly Hilly planning group