Friday morning news roundup: election, housing, Key Arena, municipal broadband

More election coverage this morning, especially on the tight District 2 race and the practically-dead-heat District 1 race. KING 5, KOMO, The Stranger. Capitol Hill Times has an article about the recently-passed housing legislation. Seattlish has an op-ed asking the City Council to “build all the things.” KING5 has a story about a bizarre inquiry that the Mayor and council President Tim Burgess received about redeveloping Key Arena. In the “media reporting on the media” category, MyNorthwest.com  reports on local talk radio host Dori Monson’s rant about the proposal in front of the City Council to pilot municipal broadband.

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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-I,  KIRO 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 ).

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Council Briefing 11-9-2015

  The City Council’s regular Monday morning briefing was split into two parts this morning:  a review of upcoming items, and a presentation from the Office of Intergovernmental Relations on the State of Washington’s upcoming legislative session in preparation for finalizing the city’s legislative agenda. Meeting agenda Meeting video

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