Executive Summary for Municipal Broadband
- Digital Equity - 17.2% of Seattle lacks home internet, often low-income residents
- Monopoly - most people are limited to only one option for broadband
- Expensive - private broadband is very expensive (3x the cost of public broadband)
- Customer Service - Comcast is consistently rated WORST in the entire country
- Privacy - ISPs want to sell your browsing data and slow down Netflix
- Transit - Seattle has a transit crisis and we need to make remote work effective
- Image - current infrastructure is not representative of our high tech, world class city
- Public Utility - make broadband a public utility, like Seattle City Light
- Access - available to everyone, in every neighborhood
- Just an ISP - private companies still provide Netflix, HBO, phone service, etc.
- Fast - fiber to the home is 10x the speed of Comcast
- Affordable - 1/3 the price of private broadband,
- Privacy - city won’t sell your data
- Net Neutrality - city won’t slow down Netflix or other services
- Local Control - No anti-consumer practices, data caps, mandatory bundles, rate hikes
- Gigabit fiber to every home in Seattle
- Half the price of the Move Seattle Levy, which means approximately $21 a month for the median homeowner.
- Monthly subscription cost is $45 per month for broadband, with low-income rates similar to Seattle City Light.
- Look to benchmark cities for guidance (there are over 750 communities that already have municipal broadband)
Source: City of Seattle Fiber-to-the-Premises Feasibility Study, produced by CTC for Seattle in 2015