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NATOA Applauds Seattle and Gigabit Squared for Plans to Develop Ultra-Fast Broadband Network

December 14, 2012 3:33 PM
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — December 14, 2012 — The National Association of Telecommunications Officers & Advisors (NATOA) applauds the City of Seattle, University of Washington and Gigabit Squared on their announcement yesterday of plans to develop and operate an ultra high-speed fiber-to-the-home/fiber-to-the-business broadband network. The project is the second city project announced by Gigabit Squared as part of its multi-million dollar Gigabit Neighborhood Gateway Program. 

Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn noted in a release yesterday, “This is a very promising proposal that can help bring 21st century infrastructure to Seattle.” The plan will begin with demonstration fiber projects in twelve Seattle neighborhoods and aims to stimulate businesses, health care, education, public safety and more within Seattle’s residents and businesses. 

“NATOA congratulates our longtime member, the City of Seattle, and one of our newer members, Gigabit Squared, on today’s announcement,” stated NATOA President Joanne Hovis. “As America’s local governments bring their communities the benefits of fiber optics and gigabit speeds, Seattle and Gigabit Squared offers an exemplary model for public-private partnership.” 

The announcement represents the culmination of a decade of work by the City of Seattle to catalyze and facilitate fiber deployment. “As a technologist and resident of Seattle I am thrilled by this development,” noted NATOA President-Elect Tony Perez. “We have embarked on a journey that will lead to a point where our networks are no longer barriers to the imagination. FTTP has the potential to bring to bear the collective intelligence of our community to arrive at innovative solutions to the challenges of the 21st century.” 

Click here for more information on the Seattle project. 

Click here for more information on the Gigabit Neighborhood Gateway Program.