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Seattle Gets Gigabit Religion. Yowsah!

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Seattle just announced a project to add "Gigabit Network" to the list of reasons you want to live and do business in their city. In partnership with Gigabit Squared, the city soon will have 12 neighborhoods with gigabit infrastructure delivering wired and wireless services. 

Seattle Acting CTO Erin Devoto and Ed Lazowska, Seattle's U. of Washington pointman on the project (Bill & Melinda Gates Chair at UW), explain the details of the deal and how they expect this project to benefit city stakeholders. Seattle represents a growing trend of cities and counties taking a more active role and using "untraditional" means to get broadband into their communities.  

Listeners get a breakdown of the key elements of this initiative, details on how these elements will come together, and a list of both short- and long-term objectives for the project. Devoto and Lazowska also offer tips and recommendations for other cities that want to be a part of this movement for community-driven broadband.