Broadband in Pioneer Square
Workers lay fiber conduit under First Avenue
In 2011 Pioneer Square was rapidly becoming a hub for Seattle's software startup industry, but many businesses were still being held back by a lack of access to high-speed broadband. To address the issue, in May of 2011 the City laid fiber conduit under four blocks of First Avenue during an unrelated construction project and then put out a Request for Proposals (RFP) for internet service providers to use that conduit to provide fiber optic-based broadband to customers in Pioneer Square. Comcast ultimately submitted a proposal and used the new conduit to provide faster broadband access to more than 50 new customers in the neighborhood.
You can read the Mayor's blog post from May of 2011, which includes a video of the full press conference, here.