Jun 14, 2014 Akbar commented on Portland Approves Google Fiber Franchise Agreement.
Agreed with Bill Schrier. Portland signed Google Fiber because it was willing to make concessions to get a competitive provider for the city. Seattle's infinite circle-jerking public process delivers no results.
Feb 13, 2014 Akbar commented on Municipal Broadband Would Provide the Competition Necessary to Make Seattle's Broadband Market Function.
@30 the city's fiber network reaches public buildings and is present along most major arterials, but a network isn't just the fiber alone. It's also the core routers, layer routers, access points and other electronic equipment on the hardware layer. It's also the traffic management at the network operations center and the constant software layer upgrades and programming. It's also the customer support and the sales teams that must be deployed to attract people to the service. It's also the marketing and the negotiation of service and installation agreements with end customers. It's the financial team and HR teams that are required to keep the place running. It's the wholesale traffic management teams that ensure you have access to Tier 1 and Tier 2 ISP's and can negotiate favorable settlement terms. If you miss any of these pieces or do them poorly, your network will suck. In short, the city does not have all these pieces and so far has shown it is incapable of selecting a partner capable of delivering even a few of these.
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Jan 8, 2014 Akbar commented on Gigabit Est Mort, Vive Le Gigabit!.
Not sure about Comcast, Goldy, but CenturyLink has actually been trying pretty hard to build out their fiber network. It's just that the city has some outdated rules in place regarding placement of telecom cabinets in the right of way: http://www.kirotv.com/news/news/centuryl….

If SDOT moved faster, thousands of people would have faster broadband today on Beacon Hill and the Central District.