Seattle leases its fiber

Seattle has decided to lease more of its fiber to broadband providers to improve the quality of broadband in the city:

“Residents and businesses have been complaining about slow Internet and thus, the city responded with this new plan. Opening up the fiber network to private companies should increase internet speeds and allow for competition between providers.”

This  is already what many cities and counties are doing, but opposition from incumbent operators is keeping even more of them from doing this more aggressively.


  1. Seattle, the University of Washington and Gigabit Squared have teamed up to build out a gigabit network.