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Tag Archives: Critical Infrastructure

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
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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. ‚ÄúToday, a bipartisan group of senators came together to reject [Donald] […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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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 […]
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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