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Digital discrimination: why Seattle needs citywide fiber broadband
Submitted by jonathan on Thu, 2009-10-01 17:18
Schrier argues that symmetrical data transfer speeds of 100Mbps will enable expanded telecommuting, and improved efficiencies for multi-site businesses, educational institutions and public agencies. He also touts the potential uses of a citywide fiber network for public safety and energy applications. Schrier's preference is for the city not to have to build its own fiber network. However, noting that private providers such as Qwest, Broadstripe and Comcast are unlikely to invest in the kind of capacity that the city needs, he says that the city should try to build a local fiber network if telecoms won't.
In a followup article, Fleishman examines the very real digital divide that persists between the Central District/Beacon Hill cable franchise area and the rest of the city (improving affordable digital access in these neighborhoods has been a central concern of Reclaim the Media's Seattle Digital Justice Campaign).