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Residents and businesses have made inquiries about high-speed Internet coming to Bellevue, and the city is working to facilitate a broad variety of options for Internet and cable video services.
- The City Council has identified high-speed data options as a part of its long-range vision for economic development in Bellevue;
- The city's comprehensive plan calls for the city to facilitate private-sector efforts to implement state-of-the-art technology, including communication technology, throughout the community;
- The city's economic development strategy endorses high-speed connectivity as an important part of infrastructure that serves businesses here; and
- The city's Enterprise Technology Strategic Plan includes high-speed connectivity as a priority.
Bellevue residents get Internet service from cable or Internet service providers that transfers data at an average speed of 35 megabits per second. Ultrafast or broadband fiber connections can deliver up to 1,000 megabits per second (gigabit service).
Bellevue is working to incorporate best practices that encourage providers to offer broadband here and improve access as we respond to council and community priorities.
Facilitating Private High-Speed Internet
While the city is not in a position to provide broadband directly, it is looking at ways to make it easier and cheaper for private companies to do so, including:
- Updating the current city-owned fiber, conduit and infrastructure asset inventory so that possible engagements with private firms can best leverage existing assets. (due to be complete in early 2015);
- Evaluating policies and code requirements that can limit new service providers, while balancing the need to maintain neighborhood and infrastructure integrity;
- Evaluating how to best encourage the inclusion of common utility corridors for fiber-optic conduit with construction of commercial and multifamily buildings;
- Proposing modifications to Bellevue’s franchise requirements so they better reflect current financing and deployment strategies;
- Facilitating pilot and demonstration projects in which private providers can experiment with offering high-speed Internet using newer construction techniques and roll-out strategies.
- Providing additional resources to connect property owners and tenants with possible service providers to meet the needs of under- or unserved small and medium-sized businesses; and
- Proposing a broad community technology survey in 2015 to better understand and forecast both resident and business needs as we move forward to define next steps.
Companies considering installing high-speed fiber-optic cable in Bellevue are encouraged to contact IT at 425-452-6106.
Interrelated city policies and processes can inadvertently limit implementation of high-speed Internet in Bellevue. To support the city's emphasis on facilitating high-speed connectivity, a cross-departmental team has formed to address potential process impediments. Representatives from the Development Services, Information Technology, Transportation, Utilities and Planning and Community Development departments are on the committee.