Monday, April 28, 2014

Tech, Wi-Fi

Is the No Wi-Fi Net Neutrality All About Another IT Pay to Play Contract?

City official leftfirm vying for de Blasio's Wi-Fi plan, months before his former employer wonthe bid (NYDN) The issue of Robert Richardson’s hiring comes as the city controller and borough presidents have raised questions about the fairness of the mayor's Wi-Fi plan, which offers faster speed Internet access to Manhattan and mostly upscale borough neighborhoods and slower speed in mostly poorer neighborhoods. One of the membersof the CityBridge consortium is a company called Control Group. One of the former employees of Control Group, a person named Robert Richardson, worked for DoITT in 2011, then he worked for Control Group in 2012, then he went to work for the New York Technology Development Corporation (NY TDC). The New York TDC is described as a “not-for-profit consulting firm that serves one client — New York.”
A Tale of Two NYC Wi-Fis

Trickle Down Wi-Fi
De Blasio's wi-fi program will be markedly slower in poor neighborhoods that actually need it.
Despite Mayor de Blasio’s promise last week of 'affordable access to broadband for all New Yorkers,' the city’s free public Wi-Fi kiosks will rely on advertising, meaning wealthier neighborhoods will get speedier service, the Daily News writes  * De Blasio’s long-awaited plan to boost the city’s high-tech and middle-class jobs is a step in the right direction, but falls flat from his campaign promises and he has much more work to do, the Daily News writes:  * Tale of two Wi-Fis: Mayor de Blasio’s ‘five-borough’ network plan gives slower service to poorer neighborhoods — SEE THE MAP(NYDN)* Officials highlightinequality in de Blasio’s citywide Wi-Fi plan(NYDN) Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, his Bronx counterpart Ruben Diaz Jr. and Public Advocate Letitia James spoke out against the ‘digital inequality’ of the kiosks, which will offer much higher speeds in Manhattan and upscale neighborhoods of Brooklyn and Queens than elsewhere.*

In Search of Space and Creativity, a Start-Up Is Headed to Brooklyn(NYT

While the live video website found a building in Bushwick uniquely suited to its needs, other start-ups are finding it hard to get space in Brooklyn.

take on BdB tech plans & need to focus on tech startups:  

* City & State looks at the hurdles New York City must clear if it is to retain its newfound status as a tech magnet, including a skills gap, high rents and inconsistent access to high-speed Internet:

* New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said he will establish a broadband taskforce and reexamine the city’s franchise agreements with cable companies and push for more competition, the Observer reports:

* De Blasio will kick off Internet Week on Monday by unveiling his tech agenda, including an outline of a “universal broadband” plan, the first of multiple tech-oriented initiatives he will announce, Crain’s reports:

Mayor to outline plan for universal broadband:

* State Comptroller Tom DiNapoli released a report on the growth of New York’s high-tech industry and noted that some 7,000 tech companies in New York City provide more than 100,000 jobs in the third quarter of 2013:
* Despite big ambitions, New York’s tech scene still has a long way to go if it’s to become an equal competitor with Silicon Valley, the Times reports:

The 'Silicon Alley' moniker emerged to validate the budding community of startups, investors and engineers in Manhattan neighborhoods such as the Flatiron District, SoHo and TriBeCa. But now the label appears to be fading.

NYC payphones will soon be replaced by kiosks that provide wi-fi.

COMMUNITY BOARDS -- “Locals Worry Cornell Tech Tower Will Block Views of Queensboro Bridge,” by DNAinfo’s Lindsay Armstrong: “Cornell Tech will move ahead with its first residential building after Community Board 8 approved the school’s plan despite concerns from several members that the 26-story tower on Roosevelt Island would block views of the Ed Koch-Queensboro Bridge. On Wednesday, representatives from Cornell Tech presented designs for the campus’s first residence — a 270,000-square-foot building that will house roughly 500 graduate students, faculty and staff in 356 units. …But several board members expressed concerns about the height of the building, which will stand adjacent to the Ed Koch-Queensboro Bridge.”

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