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The Reader – Fiber broadband in Pioneer Square

From the Office of Mayor Mike McGinn
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TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2011

Mayor announces plan to bring high-speed fiber broadband to Pioneer Square

Yesterday Mayor Mike McGinn joined former mayor Charles Royer, Chief Technology Officer Bill Schrier, and Jeff Strain of Undead Labs to announce a new initiative to bring high-speed, high-capacity fiber broadband to Seattle’s oldest neighborhood. This would allow businesses to get much more bandwidth than is available to them today, at speeds up to 100 times faster than is currently available. The City published a Request for Proposals, inviting internet service providers to pull fiber through the city’s conduit and serve neighboring buildings. Neighboring business can then negotiate with internet service providers to determine bandwidth and speeds.

“What we are able to get in Pioneer Square right now is about half the speed of what you’d be able to get in your home,” said Strain. “Fiber internet is essential in order for us to keep our company here.”

This is a small, tangible step toward bringing broadband to Seattle’s neighborhoods. We know that many other neighborhoods need better service. And we’re looking at ways to fill that need. You can read more about the Pioneer Square fiber broadband plan here.

One month left to be college bound!

Low-income 7th and 8th graders have one more month to sign up for the College Bound Scholarship. With this scholarship, the State of Washington will guarantee tuition to a Washington public college or university to any student on the federal free and reduced lunch program — if that student maintains a 2.0 grade point average and does not commit a felony during their entire high school career. Students must sign the pledge at by June 30th of their 8th grade year to be eligible to have their tuition and fees paid for at Washington public colleges and universities.

In Seattle we want every eligible student to sign up for this important opportunity. We’ve had a lot of signups in recent weeks, but the data tells us that we still have work to do. Please help by letting you friends, family, neighbors, and colleagues know about this program.


Transportation Priorities: Meetings on Tuesday and Thursday this week
The first public workshop for the Citizen’s Transportation Advisory Committee III (CTAC-III) was held last night at the Southwest Library in West Seattle. Q13 was there to interview attendees and hear about their transportation priorities. Light rail and other public transit, sidewalks, and maintenance for our roads were among the priorities mentioned. Two more meetings are happening this week.

The CTAC committee will take public feedback from these meetings, along with the results of a public survey and other information, and provide the mayor and City Council a recommendation. This recommendation will outline their transportation priorities and recommend ways to fund these priorities in the future, such as a vehicle license fee, tolling or other user fees, property tax or sales tax. See for more information.

The next two meetings are coming up. They each run from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., and Mayor McGinn will be attending both meetings.

Tuesday, May 24: Fremont Library, 731 North 35th Street
Thursday, May 26: Washington Middle School Cafeteria, 2101 South Jackson Street

Upcoming Events (for more see


May 24: Transportation Public Workshop, 5:30 p.m., Fremont Library, 731 North 35th Street

May 25: Ask the Mayor, 7:00 pm, Seattle Channel (
Highland Park Wading Pool Conversion Design Meeting, 7:15 pm, Highland Park Improvement Club, 1116 Southwest Holden Street

May 26: Seattle City Light Strategic Plan – Environmental Groups Outreach Forum, 1:00 pm, City Hall, Bertha Knight Landes Room, 600 4th Avenue
West Thomas Street Overpass Project, 5:00 pm, Homewood Suites Seattle, 206 Western Ave West
Transportation Public Workshop, 5:30 p.m., Washington Middle School, 2101 South Jackson Street

May 31: Community Needs in Seattle’s LGBT Community, 6:00 pm, Seattle Counseling Service, 1216 Pine Street
Thornton Creek Planning Meeting, 6:30 pm, St. Matthew Parish, 1230 Northeast 127th Street

What we’re reading:

WSDOT’s *other* battle: Hill neighborhood group ready to fight against 520 plan

Don’t Fear the City: Urban America’s Crime Drops to Lowest in 40 Years

Great places: reorienting progressive politics for the 21st century



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