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NYC LOCAL: Monday 2 May 2005 NYC Committee on Technology in Government: Telecommunications Infrastructure and Economic Development
30 Apr 2005 11:03:32 -0400
what="official Committee on Technology in Government of the New York City
Date: Tue, 26 Apr 2005 19:53:50 -0400
From: Bruce Lai <address@hidden>
Subject: Upcoming hearings by the Committee on Technology in Government of
the New York City Council (as of 4.26.05).
On Monday, May 2, 2005 at 10 AM, 14th Floor Hearing Room, 250
Broadway, the Committee on Technology in Government will hold a hearing
entitled Review of the Administration's Telecommunications
Infrastructure and Economic Development Study. Last year, the Economic
Development Corporation (EDC), the Department of Small Business Services
(SBS) and the Department of Information Technology and
Telecommunications (DoITT) commissioned a study of the
telecommunications infrastructure of New York City and its role in
promoting economic growth. Here are links to the press release and the
This study contains recommendations on (1) enhancing network
reliability (2) improving access to broadband and (3) encouraging
innovation. The goal of the hearing is to get commentary on whether the
findings of the study are accurate and, more importantly,
comprehensive. The Committee would also like to discuss whether the
recommendations contained in the study will lead to a telecommunications
infrastructure that will make affordable broadband available to all New
York City residents, nonprofit organizations and businesses in the near
future. Representatives of EDC and DoITT have been invited to testify,
along with stakeholders from the private sector, telecommunications
experts and nonprofit organizations interested in bridging the digital
Also, at the May 2 hearing , the Committee is planning to vote on
proposed Int. No. 174-A, which mandates the DoITT "to make available
periodic reports regarding data collected from the 311 Citizen Service
Center." Below are links to the briefing papers from the last two
hearings held on this legislation.
Int. No. 174-A is in the process of being finalized and will be
available at the hearing and after on the City Council's website.
On April 20, 2005, the Committee introduced legislation
(http://webdocs.nyccouncil.info/textfiles/Int%200625-2005.htm) to create
a "a temporary task force to study how affordable broadband access can
be made available to all New York City residents, nonprofit
organizations and businesses."
This is what the Council Member Gale Brewer, Chair of the Committee
and prime sponsor of Int. No. 625, had to say about the legislation:
"Ensuring the availability of affordable broadband is about more
than providing access to essential Internet tools like job resources,
online banking and continued job training and education," said Council
Member Brewer, chair of the City Council's Technology in Government
Committee. "It is obvious that within the next several years those that
do not have access to the new generation of broadband-driven
communications technologies, such as Internet telephony (VOIP),
telemedicine and telecommuting will be at a distinct disadvantage. We
need to ensure that the city has the infrastructure to provide our small
businesses, non-profits and low-income residents with the tools they
will need to compete and flourish." <>
Below are links to some articles on the legislation:
The current plan is to hold a hearing on Int. No. 625 on Friday,
June 10, 2005 at 10 AM in the Committee Room, City Hall.
On Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 1 PM, Committee Room, City Hall, the
Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the development of the New
York City information technology (IT) industry. More details on this
hearing to come.
Recently, for your information ...
On Tuesday, April 19, 2005 at 1 PM in the Committee Room, City Hall,
the Committee held an oversight entitled Review of the Integrated Human
Services Project: Update and Future Plans. At the hearing, the
Committee received an update on the progress of the system from the
Mayor's Office and the Department of Information Technology and
Telecommunications. The City is moving forward to two pilots projects;
the first one slated for release at the end of 2005 and the second one
for 2006. The Committee also heard testimony from representatives of
the nonprofit sector about the necessity of the system and the
importance of City government working with them on this project. Here
is a link to the briefing
If anyone would like copies of testimony from this hearing, please
The City of Philadelphia recently released its Wireless Philadelphia
business plan. If you have not read it yet, below are links to it as
well as the associated Request for Proposal to build their citywide
wireless broadband network.
* http://www.phila.gov/wireless/pdfs/WP RFP 4-5-05 rev v4-CLEAN.pdf
Here's what Council Member Brewer has to say about the City of
Philadelphia's wireless initiative:
"New York City has much to learn from the 'Wireless Philadelphia'
initiative," Council Member Brewer said. "Our challenges are different
and our process will likely yield a different solution. But,
Philadelphia had the courage and foresight to tackle the most difficult
issues surrounding telecommunications, and we must do the same. We must
balance New Yorkers' right to the benefits that broadband access brings
with responsible telecommunications growth and policy."
The following is an event you may be interested in attending.
Building the Broadband Economy, June 13-14, New York City
"Building the Broadband Economy" is the 2005 edition of the
Intelligent Community Forum's annual conference and awards program. It
explores how cities and town are coping with the challenges of a
globalizing world and building vibrant local economies based on
broadband and information technology. It brings an audience of leaders
from business, government and the nonprofit sector to New York City to
explore what it takes to compete in the fast-emerging "broadband
economy," how broadband is changing our communities, and who will be the
winners and losers of the Digital Age. Registration includes the
Intelligent Community Awards of 2005. Produced in association with the
Institute for Technology & Enterprise at Polytechnic University. For
more information, go to the following link:
Note: Council Member Gale Brewer will be delivering a keynote
address at this conference.
About the New York City Council's Committee on Technology in Government
The primary goals of the Committee on Technology in Government are
(1) to expand digital equality by increasing access to broadband in
underserved communities of New York City (2) to increase the strategic
use of technology in government, thereby, increasing efficiency in
government and enhancing the quality of public services, and (3) to
promote the openness and transparency of government by making sure that
public information is accessible to every New York City resident.
Through its ability to hold oversight hearings over City agencies and
introduce and hear legislation, the Committee on Technology in
Government works to achieve its goals in partnership with the private,
public and nonprofit sectors.
More information about the Committee and the Chair of the Committee,
Council Member Gale A. Brewer, can be found at the following link:
All Committee briefing papers from the current session (beginning in
January 2004) are also available at this link.
If you know of people who would be interested in the Committee on
Technology in Government's activities, please feel free to forward this
e-mail to them. If you know of anyone who would like to receive these
e-mails, just have them e-mail me, and I will be put them on the list.
Finally, feel free to post this information on any listserve you may
belong to or on any website you are affiliated with.
Thank you. I look forward to seeing you at one of our hearings.
Legislative Policy Analyst, Committee on Technology in Government
New York City Council
250 Broadway, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10007
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Jay Sulzberger <address@hidden>
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