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NYC LOCAL: Tuesday 20 May and Thursday 22 May 2008 NYC Tech in Governmen
NYC LOCAL: Tuesday 20 May and Thursday 22 May 2008 NYC Tech in Government Committee Meetings
19 May 2008 23:15:17 -0400
what="official notice of two important public meetings"
first-meeting="Verizon cable TV franchise"
second-meeting="Department of Information Technologies and Telecommunications
budget for FY2009"
edits="removed some odd characters, squeezed some spaces">
Subject: Tech in Government Committee Update
Date: Mon, 19 May 2008 17:30:36 -0400
From: "Malhotra, Kunal" <address@hidden>
I wanted to let you know about two events taking place this week.
Tomorrow the New York City Franchise and Review Commission (FCRC)
will hold a public hearing regarding Verizon's entrance into the
New York City Cable Television market. On April 29, 2008 Deputy
Mayor Lieber and Commissioner Cosgrave of the Department of
Information and Technologies (DoITT) announced an agreement with
Verizon to offer cable service throughout the City of New
York. Currently, an overwhelming majority of New York City
residents have only a single choice in cable television
providers. If approved, the agreement would require Verizon to
offer cable service to all residences in New York City,
potentially establishing a competitive marketplace in an industry
that has been dominated by single providers and a lack of
competition since its creation. We encourage you to attend
tomorrow's public hearing taking place at NYC College of
Technology, 285 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY. The hearing begins at
3:00pm and is anticipated to run until at least 6:00pm. As with
all public hearings, feel free to attend and testify regarding
Also, on Thursday, May 22, the Department of Information Technologies
and Telecommunications will testify before the City Council regarding
its FY09 Executive Budget. The hearing will take place from 12:00pm to
1:00pm on Thursday in the Council Chambers at City Hall.
If you have any specific questions or points you wish to have raised at
either event please contact me.
Director of Legislation and Budget
Council Member Gale A. Brewer
Distributed poC TINC:
Jay Sulzberger <address@hidden>
Corresponding Secretary LXNY
LXNY is New York's Free Computing Organization.
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