Executive Summary for Municipal Broadband

THE PROBLEM

  • Digital Equity - 15% 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  

THE SOLUTION

  • 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

DETAILS

  • 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 100 communities that already have municipal broadband)

TAKE ACTION


Source: City of Seattle Fiber-to-the-Premises Feasibility Study, produced by CTC for Seattle in 2015
https://www.seattle.gov/Documents/Departments/Broadband/2016-6SeattleReport-Final.pdf