Glorious Bandwidth: Seattle Announces Deal to Bring Gigabit Fiber to the Home, 12 Neighborhoods Announced

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News Posted: Fri, Dec 14 2012 10:45 AM
If you live in Seattle and you’re a heavy bandwidth user, here’s some good news: you may be getting a fiber connection right to your house in the near-ish future. Seattle and the University of Washington have teamed up with Gigabit Squared to test a public fiber network that will bring high-speed Internet to homes and businesses in several test neighborhoods. This is part of Seattle’s Seafi initiative.

Seattle Neighborhoods To Receive Fiber Connections

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The plan is to also bring Gigabit broadband to multi-family housing. So far, 12 neighborhoods have been selected, including some areas at and around the University of Washington. These demonstration neighborhoods encompass more than 50,000 businesses and homes. Gigabit is touting huge speed boosts for these neighborhoods – up to 1,000 times the speeds they’re experiencing now. The long-term plan is to eventually have fiber transmitters on 38 buildings in Seattle for Gigabit wireless broadband.

If you live nearby and want info about when fiber might be coming to your neighborhood, you can check out Gigabit’s website. Gigabit says it will give priority to neighborhoods that show more interest.
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OSunday replied on Fri, Dec 14 2012 1:46 PM

Woop woop!

Love to see Gigabit internet expanding even if it's not to my home area yet, eventually this will become the standard for internet across the U.S. and world, and that is what I'm really looking forward too!

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Dorkstar replied on Fri, Dec 14 2012 1:51 PM

Every time I move from a city they get better internet.  When I lived up in Seattle all we had was comcast, and man was it horrible.  Needless to say, i'm happy for those up in Seattle, perhaps this will help curve the Meth growth. 

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