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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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 …

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