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City takes creative approach to digital equity

As part of the city’s “digital equity” push, in 2015 Seattle explored creating its own public internet access provider to compete with Comcast, CenturyTel, and other private companies and ensure that high-speed broadband was available uniformly across the city. However, that approach was shown to be infeasible, so the Mayor shelved the plan — despite the loud protests from Council member Sawant.

Now the City is discussing a different, creative approach that might accomplish much of the same digital equity goal.

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Seattle’s Winter Weather Preparedness, and What You Should Do

It’s looking increasingly like Seattle will greet the new year with a major cold snap, with highs around freezing and dropping to the low 20’s overnight. But the long-term outlook suggests we might see more of the same before spring arrives.

Before the Council began its holiday recess, it received a briefing from several city departments on their preparations for winter weather as well as the outreach and messages to the city’s residents.

At the end of this post is a list of the best ways to get information and report problems during a severe weather event, as well as information on how you can prepare in advance.

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