At cable hearing, Seattle calls for more public arts support. Now what?

The Seattle City Council's March 30 hearing on the Comcast cable franchise lasted nearly three hours, as scores of local residents stepped up to weigh in on the city's proposed new 10-year deal with the cable provider. A substantial majority of those who spoke

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Boston airport bans free Wi-Fi


Sides chosen in Logan WiFi battle; wireless and airport lobbies join dispute

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A window of opportunity for unlicensed broadband

Act Now to Open a Window of Opportunity for Unlicensed!

by Harold Feld, Tales from the Sausage Factory

According to my sources, members of the Senate Commerce Committee are actively considering using the DTV transition bill to open new spectrum to unlicensed access. This could include opening current

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Inslee chairs Telecom forum in Seattle, Sept 9


Major telecommunications policy reform is around the corner. Have you had a change to weigh in on proposed changes? On Friday Sept. 9, Congressman Jay Inslee will be in Seattle to convene a public forum on current telecommunications and technology policy issues. Panel topics include the upcoming transition to digital television, and broadband/IP-enabled services. Panelists will include representatives from local, state and federal government, civil society groups, and media/telecom corporations. The hearing takes place Friday afternoon, 1-4pm in Seattle Center's Shaw Room. Be there, and bring your opinions and questions!

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Seattle weighs in on Comcast shareholder proposal

Seattle community advocates: Comcast is out of touch with its shareholders, its employees and its customers

[Reclaim the Media statement, 1 June 05]

Seattle community advocates concerned with issues of media consolidation are urging Comcast shareholders to vote in favor of a "one share/one vote"

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Seattle broadband panel ponders muncipal service

In the future, if tech-heavy Seattle wants to remain competitive at its own game, every household should have access to high-tech Internet services, according to a task-force report released yesterday.

The report carried an equally urgent message: The city should get involved by developing a fiber-optic network that would reach every home. It needs to do this, the report contended, because current telecommunications providers may not develop the services being built in other cities.

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Will Big Cable Get Even Bigger?


As Seattle renegotiates its cable service with Comcast, The FCC is currently reviewing its national rules that determine how big cable companies are allowed to become. The two largest providers, Comcast and Time Warner, are seeking FCC approval for their scheme to absorb a third cable company, Adelphia. If the FCC rubber-stamps this deal, Comcast and Time Warner will have unchecked power to raise our rates, restrict and filter our internet use, dictate the channels and programs we see, and limit local and noncommercial programming.

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A chance to modernize telecommunications

by Bart Preecs, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Behind closed doors, Congress has already started rewriting one of the most important pieces of legislation you may never have heard of.

The 1996 Telecommunications Act, supported by both Bill Clinton and Newt Gringrich, was supposed to modernize U.S. telecommunications and broadcasting industries, foster competition and expand consumer choice.

Nearly 10 years later, after hundreds of thousands lost their jobs in the telecom/Internet bust and thousands more lost their life savings, Congress is ready to try again.

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Public input needed as Seattle negotiates with Comcast


The City of Seattle is negotiating with Comcast to renew the cable provider's lucrative contract to provide Seattle's homes and businesses with television and broadband Internet service. Much is at stake: developing funding for our public access, government and educational channels, overcoming the "digital divide" which keeps technology out of the hands of low-income and elderly community members, and maintaining a modern public technology infrastructure so that Seattle can remain one of the country's leading high-tech bright spots. The city's has released a draft needs assessment, a survey-based determination of what the public needs from Comcast in return for its monopoly access to our homes and businesses. To get a fair deal, we've got to continue telling our public officials what's important to us. Send a message to our Mayor and City Council: Let's win a cable deal that's as good for Seattle as it is for Comcast.

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Council approves Comcast deal

by Peter Lewis, Seattle Times

Over the objections of some community members ��� and after some 28 months of negotiations ��� the Metropolitan King County Council yesterday approved a five-year contract extension affecting 80,000 Comcast cable-TV subscribers.

Under the deal, the county will get $1.2

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