The city of Seattle has an agreement with broadband developer Gigabit Squared and the University of Washington to develop a high speed fiber network which will use the city’s unused fiber network capacity. The network is called Gigabit Seattle and will start in twelve areas of Seattle before expanding through the rest of the city. The twelve areas are: UW’s West Campus District, South Lake Union, Capitol Hill/First Hill/Central area, UW’s Metro Tract, UW’s Family Housing at Sand Point, Northgate, Volunteer Park area, Beacon Hill and SODO Light Rail Station, Mount Baker, Columbia City, Othello and Rainier Beach.
The network will include fiber connections directly to homes and businesses, gigabit broadband wireless connections to multifamily and offices across Seattle as well as next generation mobile wireless internet. UW President Michael Young believes the network will help the economy as well as help make Seattle the most wired and connected city in the nation. No money from the city will be going towards the project. Gigabit Squared is to raise all money needed to design and build the network. It is unknown what the cost will be and when the project will be launched. It is believed that will drive down costs but still be similar in price with competitors such as Comcast and CentryLink.