As Seattle Hosts Broadband Conference, Mayor Doubles Down on Refusal to Build Municipal Internet Network

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Arch neolib corporatist Murray's concept for muni broadband is to form a public-private partnership that will allow corporations to print $$$ while Seattle residents continue to pay big buck$ for molluscan speeds, if they even have service at all. We might claim to be a world class city, but with respect to this civic issue, we're still a hick town at the end of the road.
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Wait - what's this about a new light rail station?
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Neoliberal fails us again. McGinn 2017!
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Why was Murray the opening speaker at this event? Considering his stance on municipal internet, it doesn't make much sense why he would even be invited to participate at all. The cities who have already successfully implemented municipal networks are literally laughing at Murray in public, and that's fantastic. His position, and lack of action in the face of our city's lackluster internet service is an embarrassment, especially considering how tech-heavy our region is.
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"We don't think if we have enough electricity to power the appliances we have in our house. We don't think about is there enough water coming down the pipe to whether or not we can flush the toilet or take a shower or take a drink. "

Interesting. As someone who lives in the country, off-grid, with a well - I absolutely think about whether I have enough electricity to power my appliances, or if I have enough water to shower.

While the internet is difference -because it's not a natural resource - I wish everyone would consider their electrical and water usage before turning on an appliance or running the tap. We have only so much water, and we need to conserve power to cut down on climate change, to use less coal, less oil, less natural gas.

Please - consider it!
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This comes at the same time as his Clinton endorsement. I guess he's comfortable enough now that he doesn't even have to pretend he's not a corporate shill.
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I was raised in Sandy, it is a very rural, small town. They have incredible foresight for doing this as an incentive to move business there. The article states it is or almost profitable. It is a city of 10,000 people. How can Seattle not make this work, what happened to the proposed wireless network?
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whoa did they replace an earlier article? there were comments! including mine about this quote in the article
"We don't think if we have enough electricity to power the appliances we have in our house. We don't think about is there enough water coming down the pipe to whether or not we can flush the toilet or take a shower or take a drink. "

I live in a rural area; I'm offgrid and use a well. Damn straight I think about if I have enough electricity to power my appliances or if I have enough water for a shower. Everyone should consider that; water is a limited resource; electricity comes from plants that use coal, natural gas, and other fossil fuels that contribute to climate change. EVERYONE should consider those things before using water or power.

But internet access is different; expand it across the city, it uses very few natural resources. Go for it! I wish my internet in my area was better!
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oh sure, and now AFTER I posted my comment, the other comments appear, including my earlier one. Something is weird here
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Pretend
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Arena
Or
Dumbass
Streetcar
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Nowhere

Fuck
Comcast
And
Their
Corrupt
Mayor and Enablers