Another forum to talk broadband in the CD is coming up later this month, thanks to advocacy group Upping Technology for Underserved Neighbors. A previous forum in March garnered a large set of upvotes here on the site if nothing else. CDN advertiser Broadstripe is the sole provider of cable broadband in the neighborhood and, like any good cable company, they draw their fair share of criticism.
I live in a Comcast zone — trust me, grass is not greener — so tell me, Broadstripers, are the forums making a difference?
Details on the November 16th forum below.
Seattle and Broadstripe: Closing the Service Gap
Upset with your Broadstripe cable service? Want to know how your service stacks up to your neighbors in Seattle and Tacoma, or what fiber broadband might mean for cable and Internet service and pricing?
Upping Technology for Underserved Neighbors (UPTUN) announces its Third Quarter meeting sponsoring a panel discussion with representatives from Broadstripe, Reclaim the Media, City of Seattle, and City of Tacoma. The event is focused on Broadstripe’s lower quality and higher priced services within a franchise agreement with the City of Seattle. With other communication carriers in all other city neighborhoods, there is no similar contract. Meeting held at 5:30 pm – 7 pm, the Central Area Senior Center, 500 30th Ave. South 98144.
“Digital redlining” is the term UPTUN uses to describe the current franchise agreement which binds consumers to using Broadstripe and discourages competition by other internet, cable and phone providers. The meeting is open to customers, businesses and residents within the boundaries of the franchise agreement between the city of Seattle and Broadstripe. Affected areas include parts of the Central District, Beacon Hill, Leschi, Queen Anne, downtown, Pioneer Square and Judkins Park. These are “underserved” neighborhoods for obtaining competitive digital cable, phone and internet services.
The UPTUN volunteer advocacy group holds meetings each quarter to ensure that improvements promised to the community are completed on schedule. Since 2007, UPTUN’s group of volunteers from within underserved neighborhoods have worked with the City of Seattle and Broadstripe to obtain reliable cable, phone and high-speed internet services at an affordable cost, similar to other neighborhoods in Seattle and other cities in the United States.
“This is economic and racial injustice left over from previous decades and everyone wants it fixed! We are committed to getting better internet, cable and phone service which is competitively priced. Our neighbors, households and businesses in parts of the Central District, Capitol Hill, Judkins Park, Leschi and Beacon Hill have suffered many years with lesser services than any other areas in Seattle”, says UPTUN Coordinator Tracy Bier.
Broadstripe is a Missouri based privately held company providing residential and business customers digital cable and broadband internet communication products. www.broadstripe.com
For more information contact UPTUN Coordinator Tracy Bier via phone 206-227-2369 or email [email protected] or visit www.uptun.org For more information about the Broadstripe and city of Seattle contract, visit City of Seattle web site http://www.seattle.gov/cable/franchises.html
When November 16th, 2010 5:30 PM through 7:00 PM
Central Area Senior Center
500 30th Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98144
Contact Email: [email protected]