While I believe that the utility staff has worked up a solid proposal to consider, I am highly skeptical that this is the right deal for Tacoma. While the cable TV business is changing by the day and is not necessarily an essential service, I strongly believe that internet/broadband service is essential for learning, conducting commerce, and growing our economy.
I want to work with my colleagues on a plan that brings high-speed broadband to every corner of Tacoma. In this day and age, having access to internet is essential for effective learning and our economy. Click! has the oversight and control that a publicly-owned utility does, just like our Power and Water utility. A people-owned, not shareholder-owned utility has proven to keep costs low and service high.
Outsourcing and privatizing our city-owned cable/internet infrastructure is not the way to achieve these objectives in my opinion and does not ensure equity for all neighborhoods and low costs to rate payers.
To learn more about the current proposal in front of the Council and to provide your feedback, I strongly encourage you to attend one of the Town Hall meetings that will address the issue:
- April 9 at 7 p.m. in the Stadium High School Auditorium, 111 N E St., Tacoma
- April 23 at 7 p.m. in the Tacoma Public Utilities Auditorium, 3628 S 35th St., Tacoma