by Michael Sarko
- the Capitol Hill Times -
Time to get angry, fans of super-high-speed Internet: the much-touted Gigabit Squared program is on the verge of collapse due to difficulty raising funds. Despite early enthusiasm from Mayor McGinn and the Office of Information and Technology, the company has yet to establish a single functioning network anywhere in the nation and now it looks like it’ll add Seattle to that list. Some smaller gigabit-plus services have started to pop up around the city, but it looks like we’ll have to wait a while longer before Seattle’s Internet is on par with, say, South Korea’s.
Echoing new legislation from the King County Council, the Seattle City Council is calling for further immigration policy reform on the federal level. A new law in King County will see jails ignoring the majority of extended detainment requests by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, while Seattle’s lawmakers unanimously support a resolution to push for the inclusion of marginalized sub-groups among immigrant communities, including LGBT people and the differently abled.
Governor Jay Inslee just got a bit of a promotion, as far as national party politics is concerned. The Democratic Governors Association named him their finance chair, meaning he will work to raise funds for other Democratic gubernatorial candidates in the coming year. The DGA strongly supported Inslee’s own campaign in 2012 against Rob McKenna, enjoying approximately $5 million in assistance.