Ars received a response from the Murray campaign clarifying his position on the city's gigabit project and the Comcast donations, and we have posted it at the bottom of this story. When Ars asked the Murray campaign if the candidate planned on changing the gigabit plan in any way, the answer was a flat: "No."]
If we’ve told you once, we’ve told you a thousand times: broadband in the United States is slow and expensive relative to much of the rest of the world.
Sure, there are a few bright spots of gigabit nationwide, including Seattle, which announced its service nearly a year ago. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn pushed for Gigabit Seattle, a partnership between Gigabit Squared and the University of Washington. Its goal has been to bring 1Gbps connections to the Emerald City, using fiber that was originally planned for a municipal network.
But now, the Washington Post reports that Comcast has been donating money to McGinn’s rival, state Sen. Ed Murray (D-Seattle). The mayoral election is set for Tuesday, November 5.
Murray, the Post adds, "has committed to honoring the city's existing contracts for a 14-neighborhood pilot project but has shown limited enthusiasm about McGinn's plans to expand the network in the future."
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