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Grist for Gritty Tacomans

Post by Cheryl Tucker on May 8, 2012 at 5:10 am |
May 7, 2012 3:10 pm

Two recent articles in The Seattle Times struck a chord – and not in a good way.

First, on Sunday, Jon Talton wrote about how competition between the ports of Seattle and Tacoma is hurting both because they’re taking business from each other rather than from other ports. After noting that Tacoma has the advantage over Seattle of more capacity and dockside rail, he makes the case for a regional port authority (and you know it wouldn’t be called the Port of Tacoma-Seattle.)

The ports of Seattle and Tacoma are run by smart people who understand the threat and the stakes. The question is whether they can move beyond a natural rivalry to effectively take on the real competition.

Why do I get the feeling that there wouldn’t be any talk about a regional port if the Seattle port were cleaning Tacoma’s clock?

Talton also takes a shot at the “Gritty Tacoman” who is caught between “Hell, no, we’re not Seattle and we’re glad of it” and “Why don’t people give us the respect they give Seattle?”

No respect? OK, how about another Times story that appeared Monday, by business columnist Brier Dudley. In reporting the fact that Seattle has backed off plans for city-sponsored high-speed broadband “that would offset the near monopoly of Comcast,” Dudley notes that “few cities have gotten it done.”

That would have been the perfect place to mention Tacoma, with its Click Network. But Dudley either doesn’t know about it or failed to mention it on purpose  – which is kind of a surprise since he once worked at this newspaper. One reader – TacomaSailor – rightly called him on it, with this comment:

Why no mention of Tacoma? Click! has offered high-speed wired Internet service to all of Tacoma for more than 12 years.

I don’t know if the Click! competition is what has forced Comcast in Tacoma to improve their service but that service is outstanding. I regularly measure 30 Mbs download speeds on Comcast and pay nothing extra for that speed.

Tacoma is quite proud of their Click! Funny that a Seattle paper forgot to mention it.



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