All posts by Kevin Schofield

Kevin Schofield is a freelance writer and the founder of Seattle City Council Insight, a web site providing independent news and analysis of the Seattle City Council. After graduating from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts degree, he worked for Microsoft Corporation for 26 years. That culminated in a term as Chief Operations Officer for Microsoft Research, the division of the company focused on advancing the state of the art in computing. Upon leaving Microsoft in 2014 he decided to embrace his love of writing. Kevin volunteers at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, where he also serves on the Board of Directors. He is also Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California. Beyond writing, his personal passions are his twin daughters, photography, cooking, and playing the guitar. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

Comcast franchise agreement renewal on Thursday

On Thursday at 2:00pm, the Public Safety, Civil Rights, and Technology Committee will consider renewal of its franchise agreement with Comcast. A summary of the terms of the renewal is here.  The full franchise agreement is here. The franchise agreement allows Comcast to offer “cable services” within the city limits, which for the purposes of this agreement just includes their video content (not Internet access).  That doesn’t mean Comcast is planning to stop offering Internet; it just means that internet access is covered in a separate franchise agreement.

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Morning news roundup

There is still plenty of coverage of last week’s City Council election, particularly of positions 1 and 2 where the race has tightened while ballots continue to be counted. Seattle P-IKIRO 7 , Crosscut, Seattle Globalist, KPLU,

The other big news is yesterday’s votes on housing affordability.  Seattle Times, Capitol Hill Seattle Blog, RealEstateRama, The Stranger

Geek Wire has an article about the debate over whether Seattle should spend $5 million to pilot a municipal broadband program. This proposal generated a significant amount of discussion on Oct. 29th during the council’s budget review meetings  (video – jump to 41:50 ).

Roundup of election coverage

As expected, there has been much coverage of the Seattle City council election. Lots of speculation (but little consensus) about what the new look of the City Council will mean for Seattle.  Here are links for your reading pleasure:

Seattle Times: Seattle City Council to be younger, more female, diverse

Seattle Times: Urbanists appear to be big winners in Seattle election

The Stranger: New Ballot Count Shows…

The Stranger: What do last night’s election results mean for the future of Seattle?

Seattle P-I:  Burgess up, Deborah Juarez and Lorena Gonzalez are new Seattle City Council Members

Seattle Weekly:  So much for the ‘Sawant Majority’: voters favoring the establishment in council races

KING 5: What will Seattle’s new City Council look like?

In These Times:  With Kshama Sawant claiming reelection victory, Seattle doubles down on socialism

Crosscut: On election night, a big win for Seattle normal

The Latin Post:  Lorena Gonzalez elected first Latina official in Seattle City council

Counter Currents:  Kshama Sawant re-elected: Seattle’s political revolution continues