"A widespread Internet outage in Seattle that left more than 30,000 customers in the dark prompted a grassroots organization to kick-start its campaign early.
Upgrade Seattle, a group pushing for municipal broadband, wasn't planning on announcing itself until June. The Comcast outage on Thursday, however, changed things.
"We're getting calls from folks we know who work in Capitol Hill about how they had to leave work," said Sabrina Roach, an organizer and Doer with Brown Paper Tickets. "They weren't able to get things done."