Internet must be a public utility to ensure we can provide equitable access for all.
For Seattle to remain one of the leaders of technological innovation, we need more competition and consumer options when it comes to broadband. The current market of private Internet service providers has failed to reach everyone in the city, leaving 93,000 people without home Internet access. The biggest hurdle is price, 80% of Seattle residents say the Internet is essential, but only 30% indicate it is affordable.
– Former Seattle City Councilmember Rob Johnson
"We are doing it deliberately, we are doing it with intent. We are going to make sure we get everyone looked after."
Municpal broadband is a community-owned public internet utility. Just like how Seattle owns and operates Seattle City Light, our electricity provider, a municipal broadband provider would be owned and operated by the county.
As a public utility, the Internet network would be accountable to our community, and while private Interet Service Providers (ISPs) are able to pick and choose which areas to provide service, a municipal utility would provide service to every resident of county.
There are a number of things you can do to help support municipal broadband and digital equity in King County.