Seattle Mayor Uses The Cable Company Trying To Defeat Him- And Isn’t Happy With The Service
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn has a lot of reasons to dislike Comcast, mainly because the cable juggernaut is donating heavily to PACs supporting his opponent. But in a recent interview with the Washington Post focusing on Comcast and gigabit fiber internet, McGinn cited another reason:
My Internet is provided by Comcast, and I know my family would like better service. I will speak for my gamer son as well.
After winning election in 2009, McGinn’s administration made widespread broadband internet a priority. The city unsuccessfully lobbied for Google Fiber (it went to Kansas City and then Austin, TX), and considered running its own broadband as a public utility before determining that too expensive. Seattle then began searching for private partners to use its per-existing, publicly-own fiber optic cable to create a wider network of high speed internet. The city eventually chose Ohio-based Gigabit Squared to create the network, dubbed Gigabit Seattle.
According to another Post article, Gigabit Squared will offer service far cheaper than Comcast:
In June, Gigabit Squared announced pricing for its Seattle service: $45 dollars a month for 100 Mbps service or $80 a month for 1 Gbps service plus a one-time installation cost of $350 that will be waived for customers signing a one-year contract. For comparison, Comcast, one of the primary Internet providers in the area, offers 105 Mbps service in the area for $114.99 a month according to their website. (It’s unclear if there is an installation charge.)
Analysis shows Comcast has already donated over $20,000, directly or indirectly, to defeat McGinn or support his main rival, State Sen. Ed Murray. McGinn said the money “speaks for itself.”
With election day tomorrow, the most recent polls show Murray in the lead, but vary on how much.