Leasing Excess Fiber
Building on the success of the Gig.U RFI, Mayor McGinn announced Ordinance 123931 in May of 2012, which authorized the City to enter into agreements with private companies to lease its excess fiber in order to provide fiber broadband service to businesses and residential customers in Seattle. The Council adopted it in August, and in October the City issued a Request for Interest to private companies to solicit interest in leasing the City’s excess fiber. In that RFI, the City expressed its particular interest in leasing excess fiber for purposes of building an open architecture network providing fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) or fiber-to-the-business (FTTB) connectivity to at least 100,000 businesses and households in Seattle.
Gigabit Squared was the first company to successfully respond to the RFI, and is currently building out a fiber-to-the-home/fiber-to-the-business network under the name Gigabit Seattle.