Low Cost Internet

Getting low cost internet can be somewhat confusing at times.  Currently, if you qualify, you can receive discounted internet service from Comcast, CenturyLink, and Clearwire (Via Freedom POP or Mobile Citizen).  You may wonder what the difference is technically.

Comcast has the best speed both uploaded and down.  This service is normally available anywhere you have their TV or phone service.

CenturyLink would be the next best thing to get, since they are a DSL provider.  Even if you have phone service with CenturyLink, you may not be able to get service or fast speeds.

Clearwire: Working with both Freedom POP and Mobile Citizen, you’re able to get a broadband connection that works even if Comcast and CenturyLink cannot.  It is important to know that speeds and connectivity with wireless providers can be sporadic.

All three of the providers limit your speed if you sign up for their low cost internet but if you only need to browse the web checking email and such,  this is well worth it.

Beat the Heat

“Hot weather isn’t frequent in Seattle, so it’s important that we make sure we’re enjoying it safely,” said Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn. “Please take a moment to check on your elderly neighbors and relatives to make sure they are staying cool.”

Many homes in Seattle are not equipped with air conditioning and may get very hot during the day. The City offers many locations for you to cool down when the temperatures start to rise. Visit 18 of the City’s libraries, senior centers or Seattle Center facilities for some relief to today’s record-breaking heat. See the lists below.

When you’re outside, limit the time you’re in direct sunlight and avoid or reduce activities that are tiring or take a lot of energy. Take extra precaution if you work outside and know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Do not leave infants, children, people with mobility challenges and pets in a parked car, even with the window rolled down. Check in with your elderly neighbors and relatives to make sure they are staying cool too.

Stay hydrated

  • Drink plenty of water. Have a beverage with you at all times, and sip or drink frequently. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink.
  • Avoid drinks with caffeine, alcohol and large amounts of sugar because they can actually de-hydrate your body.

Protect your pets

Pets are especially vulnerable in high heat and the Seattle Animal Shelter recommends the following:

  • Never leave your animal chained or penned up directly in sunlight. Provide a shady area for retreat, such as a dog house, porch or shady tree, and always provide cool water.
  • If you leave animals indoors, open the windows, keep a fan running, provide plenty of water, and if possible, leave them in a cool location.
  • Never leave dogs or cats unattended in a closed, locked car. Animals do not perspire like humans; they cool themselves by panting and vinyl seats in vehicles get hot under animals’ feet and prevent them from perspiring through their paws.
  • If you must travel with your pet, carry water.
  • Avoid overexerting your animal in hot weather.
  • For birds, take caution and place the bird’s cage away from direct sunlight during the intense heat of the afternoon. Provide water and fruits and vegetables with high moisture content.

LIBRARIES

The following Seattle Public Library locations are equipped with air conditioning, and serve as cooling centers when the area experiences extreme heat. Please call the individual location before you go for open hours and to verify that the air conditioning is working.

  • Central Library (1000 4th Ave) – 206-386-4636
  • Ballard (5614 22nd Ave NW) – 206-684-4089
  • Beacon Hill (2821 Beacon Ave S) – 206-684-4711
  • Broadview (12755 Greenwood Ave N) – 206-684-7519
  • Capitol Hill (425 Harvard Ave E) – 206-684-4715
  • Delridge (5423 Delridge Way SW) – 206-733-9125
  • Douglass-Truth (2300 E Yesler Way) – 206-684-4704
  • Greenwood (8016 Greenwood Ave N) – 206-684-4086
  • High Point (3411 SW Raymond St) – 206-684-7454
  • International District / Chinatown (713 8th Ave S) – 206-386-1300
  • Lake City (12501 28th Ave NE) – 206-684-7518
  • Madrona-Sally Goldmark (1134 33rd Ave) – 206-684-4705
  • Magnolia (2801 34th Ave W) – 206-386-4225
  • NewHolly (7058 32nd Ave S) – 206-386-1905
  • Northgate (10548 5th Ave NE) – 206-386-1980
  • Rainier Beach (9125 Rainier Ave S) – 206-386-1906
  • South Park (8604 8th Ave S) – 206-615-1688
  • Wallingford (1501 N 45th St) – 206-684-4088

 

SEATTLE CENTER (View the campus map – Acrobat PDF)

  • Armory Center House (Open until 9 p.m.)
  • International Fountain (Open until 9 p.m.)
  • Fountain of Creation (Open 24/7)

 

SENIOR CENTERS

The following senior centers have air conditioning or are relatively cool and are open to the public:

  • Greenwood Senior Center (525 N. 8th Street)
  • International Drop-In Center (7301 Beacon Ave S.)
  • Pike Market Senior Center and Food Bank (85 Pike St, #200)
  • Ballard NW Senior Center (5429 32nd Ave NW)
  • Southeast Seattle Senior Center (4655 South Holly St)
  • The Senior Center of West Seattle (4217 SW Oregon St)
  • South Park Senior Center (8201 10th Ave S)
  • Wallingford Community Senior Center (4649 Sunnyside Ave N, Suite 140)
  • The Central (500 30th Ave S)

Additional resources

Top 10 Tips for Identity Theft

Top 10 Tips for Identity Theft Protection (courtesy of California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, CA
1. Protect your Social Security Number (SSN): minimize use of your SSN and don’t carry your Social Security card in your wallet.
2. Don’t be “hooked” by phishing email scams. Don’t respond to requests to verify your account number or password. Click here to learn more.
3. Shred often – shred or tear up documents with personally identifiable information before you throw them away, including convenience checks and credit card offers.
4. Shield your computer from viruses and spyware: follow our Getting Started Guide and use strong passwords.
5. Click with caution. Read a website’s privacy policy, look for opportunities to opt out of information sharing and only enter personal information on secure web pages with “https” in the address bar and a padlock symbol at the bottom of the browser window.
6. Check your bills and bank statements: for any unauthorized charges or withdrawals. Report unauthorized use immediately.
7. Stop pre-approved credit offers; they make a tempting target for identity thieves who steal your mail. Remove your name from credit bureau marketing lists by going here or calling 1-888-5OPTOUT.
8. Ask questions: whenever you are asked for personal information that seems inappropriate for the transaction, ask how the information will be used, if it will be shared and how it will be protected. Not satisfied with the answers? Do business elsewhere.
9. Monitor your credit report: you’re entitled to free credit reports here.
10. Take this Quiz: see how you stack up in this Identity Theft IQ Quiz provided by the Privacy Rights Clearinghouse.

CenturyLink Telecom Cabinet Placement Pilot

To expand service capacity, Century Link has been seeking changes in the City rules for placement of telecommunications cabinets (the boxes that usually sit between the street and sidewalk). There was a presentation and discussion of a proposed pilot project with CenturyLink and Beacon Hill community groups at the City Council Public Safety, Civil Rights and Technology Committee on June 5. See the documents or watch the presentation.