The Click! Network, Tacoma’s public cable TV and internet provider, seeks public comment over a proposed partnership expansion with a private cable and internet service provider.
The network is considering partnering with one of two cable and internet service providers: Tacoma-based Rainier Connect, or Kirkland-based Wave Broadband. Based on a side-by-side comparison of each company’s proposals, CTC Technology and Energy — an independent communications and IT engineering consulting firm — recommended the City of Tacoma pursue a partnership with Rainier Connect.
The public is invited to review the term sheets for the top two proposals and provide feedback and comments to city leaders, either online or at public meetings.
On March 5, Joanne Hovis, an expert from CTC, briefed the Tacoma City Council and the Public Utility Board on the proposals from the two companies. Both proposals would keep the Click! Network a publicly-owned asset.
Both companies worked with Click! and CTC to develop term sheets used to evaluate each proposal’s alignment with 12 policy goals established by the city council and utility board. Video of the presentation can be viewed online.
“These proposals represent unprecedented private sector commitments to net neutrality, privacy, low-income affordability and non-transfer to entity with substantial market share,” said Tacoma Mayor Victoria Woodards in a statement. “We hope Tacoma’s new public-private partnership for the Click! Network will serve as a model for other communities.”
Tacoma Public Utilities Director Jackie Flowers praised the extensive public process that has gone into the decision. “We look forward to hearing more from the public on how CTC’s recommendation will serve the 12 policy goals that were outlined through our public stakeholder process,” she stated.
How to comment
People interested in commenting can go online to view the presentation and submit feedback via an online comment form.
Or, people can comment at one of several public meetings being held in the coming weeks:
• Public Utility Board meeting, 6:30 p.m. March 13, Tacoma Public Utilities auditorium, 3628 S 35th St., Tacoma
• Public Utility Board meeting, 6:30 p.m. March 18, Tacoma Public Utilities auditorium, 3628 S 35th St., Tacoma
• City of Tacoma’s Citizen’s Forum, 5 p.m March 19, Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., Tacoma
• Tacoma City Council meeting, 5 p.m. March 26, Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., Tacoma