Have you heard of the Internet of Things? That black TV cable coming out of your Tacoma Power meter directly connects your house to the Tacoma Internet of Things.
The same fiber that provides Click cable TV and Internet is also connected via radio to your water meter. Our neighborhood schools, police and fire stations are connected to it and exchange vital information.
Traffic signals, pumping stations, water tanks, power substations and sewage plants depend on communications networks to alert appropriate staff when things go wrong. Tacoma's dams, wells, treatment plants and power stations in remote Pierce, King and Lewis counties are all effectively managed via hundreds of miles of fiber.
This is the future that the architects of this amazing network envisioned long before Click TV came into existence.
Control of the fiber network that powers Tacoma’s critical infrastructure should remain firmly with citizens of Tacoma.