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Tacoma ISPs Rainier Connect & Net Venture Join Forces
Local internet service providers Rainier Connect and Net Venture have announced a joint operating agreement that will put both Tacoma-based companies under one roof.
The agreement comes as the City of Tacoma looka at whether to sign an operating agreement for the publicly-owned Click! Network to Wave Broadband. The city council and TPU officials are scheduled to meet tomorrow to continue that conversation. That deal, announced earlier this year, proved contentious among many Tacomans who viewed as a privatization of the public internet service.
The possibility of the Wave deal also galvanized local ISPs who act as middlemen for Click! services, and representatives from both companies and their supporters have come out asking the City to "stick with Click!".
The Rainier Connect-Net Venture agreement goes into effect nearly immediately, on September 1. Both companies currently have about 7,500 customers each; with this new agreement Rainier Connect will manage the customer base for both. Both companies promised continued, or even improved service to customers.
The new partnership will give the companies better economies of scale in operations and negotiations for content. It could also bolster Rainier Connect's offer to take over Click! operations, keeping management of the utility in Tacoma, rather than giving it to Kirkland-based Wave.
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