NYC’s mayor units the stage for common broadband
New York Metropolis mayor BIll de Blasio is making good on his promise to convey quick and reasonably priced broadband all through the town. Or at the very least, he is getting there. The de Blasio administration has created two excessive-degree positions to assist with the push, and it is also saying an open name for concepts on methods to make the dream of common broadband occur, BuzzFeed reviews. 27 % of New Yorkers nonetheless do not have entry to the web, based on the newest NYC comptroller report, so there is definitely loads of room for enchancment. Former Alcatel-Lucent worker Alphonso Jenkins will fill the brand new position of deputy commissioner of telecommunications planning at NYC’s Division of Info Know-how, whereas Joshua Breitbart, who beforehand directed subject operations on the New America Basis, will function a particular advisor for broadband within the mayor’s workplace. They will work along with the administration’s Broadband Process Pressure to guage the open “Requires Improvements,” which anybody can submit till June 30.
Final yr, when he introduced a “Tech Expertise Pipeline” to coach New Yorkers for tech jobs, de Blasio stated his administration would push for extra competitors within the NYC broadband market. We’ve not seen many modifications but amongst ISPs, however the metropolis did announce LinkNYC final yr, a plan to show 10,000 payphones all through NYC into gigabit Wi-Fi hotspots.
New York Metropolis’s chief know-how officer, Minerva Tantoco, additionally factors out that the brand new broadband initiatives might assist all web customers, not simply these with out entry. “We’re paying considerably extra for broadband entry than different main cities across the globe,” she informed BuzzFeed. “We get slower speeds and probably pay as much as $300 a month relying in your service suppliers — that is one thing that ought to change even for individuals who can afford it.”
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