Monday, May 22, 2006

Hi-Fiber Seattle

Well, this is what I alluded to earlier today, Seattle goes for an FTTH muni network. Check out the goals section (page 5): affordable, true broadband; increased transparency and efficiency for local government; job creation; increased consumer choice; stimulation of investment and enhancement of Seattle's position as leader in the ICT industry. Note also the section starting on the bottom of page 3: "It is vital to the future of the Internet that network owners not discriminate in terms of bit transport or unnecessarily mediate between users and content or application providers...We believe that preferential treatment by network owners or operators of data streams will distort the evolutionary path of the Internet, stifle creativity and innovation, and ultimately abridge the ability of the Internet to be a medium for the free dissemanation of diverse thought and opinion." Whew!