The lowdown: Seattle mayor Mike McGinn today announced an agreement with broadband developer Gigabit Squared to operate a high-speed fiber network in Seattle in 12 neighborhoods using the city’s unused “dark fiber” network. We’ve updated the story below, including more detailed information about the test project.
Here’s the full press release.
The network is called Gigabit Seattle and there will be 12 “demonstration fiber projects” in neighborhoods around the city that includes three parts: fiber directly to homes and businesses in the 12 neighborhoods, broadband connections to multifamily housing and offices around Seattle, and next generation mobile wireless internet.
McGinn ended his announcement by talking about how Bill Gates and Paul Allen got their start by sneaking into the UW and using the latest computer technology that no one else had, which gave them ideas to eventually build a software empire.
“What ideas will we get now?” McGinn asked. “I still believe the next big thing will come out of a spare bedroom or garage somewhere in Seattle.”
Here’s the full press release: