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Tag Archives: Critical Infrastructure

Will Democrats unite to defend good deeds of the Biden-Harris administration, or snipe while Republicans fire their guns?

Excerpt: Progressive and partially conservative Democrats are split on how quickly to approve infrastructure. The Republicans are directing their fire at the priorities included in the budget reconciliation process. Can Democrats unite to wage a strong front in the midterms?
Written by:Joel Connelly
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A momentous day: U.S. Senate gives final approval to bipartisan infrastructure bill

Excerpt: Bipartisan legislation to invest serious money in tackling America's persistent infrastructure deficit has won final approval, with more than a dozen Republicans crossing the aisle to deliver a lopsided margin of victory for President Joe Biden's top legislative priority. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Public Planning
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Bipartisan infrastructure bill advances in U.S. Senate, but still faces hurdles to passage

Excerpt: The compromise legislation, which has the support of the White House, is being hailed by the Biden-Harris administration as a groundbreaking set of investments in everything from bridges and broadband to mass transit and water pipes.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Legislative Advocacy, Our Environment, Public Planning
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Unacceptable: Privatization appears to be a key facet of the bipartisan infrastructure deal

Excerpt: Wall Street was well represented in these infrastructure legislative framework negotiations. The diverse constituencies that make up the American public? Not so much. 
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Frontier Communications to leave Cascadia; PNW assets sold to WaveDivision Capital

Excerpt: Nine years after taking on debt to buy Verizon's assets in the Pacific Northwest, Frontier Communications is offloading those same assets in a $1.35 billion sale to Kirkland-based WaveDivision Capital, which must be approved by regulators.
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning, Technology
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U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee protects transit investments in Washington

Excerpt: Bil­lions of dol­lars in sore­ly need­ed fund­ing for mass tran­sit and infra­struc­ture projects in Wash­ing­ton State will be includ­ed in the Fis­cal Year 2018 Trans­porta­tion, Hous­ing and Urban Devel­op­ment Appro­pri­a­tions bill now mov­ing to the full Unit­ed States Sen­ate, Pat­ty Mur­ray’s office announced today. “Today, a bipar­ti­san group of sen­a­tors came togeth­er to reject [Don­ald] […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
Categories:Core Encyclopedia Topics, Public Planning
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Live in King County? Vote Yes by April 28th, 2015 to upgrade our region’s emergency public safety radio network

Excerpt: April may not seem like an elec­tion month, but in Wash­ing­ton, it’s actu­al­ly one of two times dur­ing the year when local juris­dic­tions may sched­ule spe­cial elec­tions, most often for the pur­pose of send­ing the vot­ers a levy for their consideration. This year, the nine-mem­ber King Coun­ty Coun­cil has opt­ed to place a propo­si­tion on […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Frontier working round the clock to restore service to Redmond area after major outage

Excerpt: For the past few days, many homes and busi­ness­es in the greater Red­mond area have been with­out phone, Inter­net, and tele­vi­sion ser­vice after a con­struc­tion crew work­ing on a stormwa­ter treat­ment project sliced through fiber and cop­per lines belong­ing to Fron­tier Com­mu­ni­ca­tions when they dug in the wrong place. The dam­age caused was appraised by […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Redmond communications outage shows how vulnerable our critical infrastructure is

Excerpt: This morn­ing, at around at 9:30 AM Pacif­ic Day­light Time, a con­struc­tion crew work­ing on a stormwa­ter treat­ment project in NPI’s home­town of Red­mond, Wash­ing­ton acci­den­tal­ly caused a major telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions out­age for near­ly six thou­sand cus­tomers of Fron­tier Com­mu­ni­ca­tions (includ­ing yours tru­ly) when they dug in the wrong place and sev­ered vital fiber and cop­per wires. […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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New coastal radar now online near Copalis Beach; local meteorologists thrilled

Excerpt: Thanks to the tire­less efforts of our two U.S. Sen­a­tors — par­tic­u­lar­ly our junior sen­a­tor, Maria Cantwell — the Pacif­ic North­west final­ly has a state-of-the-art Doppler radar sta­tion locat­ed on the coast, capa­ble of assist­ing mete­o­rol­o­gists in prepar­ing more accu­rate and use­ful fore­casts for our region. The radar sta­tion, which has been under­go­ing con­struc­tion since […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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LIVE from Minneapolis: Building a stronger netroots community abroad

Excerpt: Here in the Unit­ed States, we don’t always hear about efforts abroad to uti­lize social media and devel­op new ways of orga­niz­ing online, because we don’t give our neigh­bors in the world com­mu­ni­ty much attention. But we ought to, because pro­gres­sives in oth­er coun­tries are try­ing to make use of the Inter­net to bring about […]
Written by:Patrick
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Peter Steinbrueck: Our fractured metropolis (Text of the keynote from NPI’s 2011 gala)

Excerpt: Edi­tor’s Note: Fol­low­ing the con­clu­sion of our Spring Fundrais­ing Gala a few days ago, we have been asked if we could make the text of Peter Stein­brueck­’s keynote speech avail­able. He has kind­ly agreed to do so; what fol­lows are a pol­ished ver­sion of his pre­pared remarks, deliv­ered on April 28th at the Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­ter […]
Written by:Peter Steinbrueck
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