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Mayor: Municipal Broadband Would Be “The Largest Tax Increase In Seattle”

April 6, 2016

Late last month Seattle, Wash.’s mayor, Ed Murray, reiterated his belief that building a government-owned broadband system in his city is too costly. Murray once supported the idea of a government network. In fact, he acknowledged last month that he was “excited” about the prospect of government-owned broadband when he entered office. What happened? According …

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Why Did Seattle Reject Government-Owned Broadband?

February 22, 2016

Last week, the Heartland Institute explored why Seattle, Wash. city council members last year rejected a plan to build a citywide, government-owned broadband system. (The council also rejected a plan to build a government network on a pilot basis – in just one neighborhood – a move that later could have allowed for expansion in …

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In Case You Missed It: Seattle Cools Its Flirtation With Municipal Broadband

September 10, 2015

Over the summer, we noticed several news stories that reported cities, counties and states across the country are considering whether to get into the broadband market. It was clear: the municipal broadband issue was heating up. Perhaps the biggest story, though, came from a city that has studied the possibility of a government-owned broadband network …

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Will A More Narrow Focus Satisfy Seattle GON Supporters Or Will They Still Focus On Building A Monopoly?

June 24, 2015

Upgrade Seattle, which supports building a government-owned broadband network (GON) in that city, recently held a town hall meeting in which participants discussed a recent report that found a city-wide GON would cost taxpayers up to $665 million. While Upgrade Seattle maintained its position in favor of a GON, Seattle Chief Technology Officer Michael Mattmiller …

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Government-Owned Broadband Debate Rages In Seattle

June 22, 2015

As the Coalition for the New Economy reported earlier this month, a city-commissioned report found a government-owned broadband network (GON) in Seattle would cost between $480 million and $665 million to build. Due to that huge cost, Seattle’s top budget officer and its current Chief Technology Officer both cautioned against building a GON. Activists in …

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Should Seattle Fight Homelessness Or Build A Redundant Broadband Network?

June 15, 2015

After news broke last week that a proposed government-owned broadband network would cost Seattle up to $665 million and put general fund revenues at risk, officials at the Washington Policy Center came out squarely against the plan. Erin Shannon, director of the institute’s Center for Small Business, explained that “a recent New York Law School …

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Will Seattle Put Other Services At Risk To Build A Government Owned Network?

June 12, 2015

Seattle is at a crossroads. As the Coalition for the New Economy reported previously, a government-commissioned study there revealed building a city-owned broadband network would cost up to $665 million. The report also outlined how difficult it would be for the network to make ends meet, much less make a profit. In the wake of …

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Seattle Officials Argue Municipal Network Would Put “Basic” City Functions At Risk

June 10, 2015

According to a study performed by Columbia Telecommunications Corp., an outside consultant, a proposed government-owned broadband network is Seattle would cost between $480 million and $665 million to build. The report, which cost city taxpayers $180,000 to complete, was released yesterday. The multi-million estimate is too costly for some Seattle officials, who also argue the …

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