Network NYC: Building the Broadband City

This excellent staff report to the New York City Council recommends a sweeping change in the way the city of New York buys and utilizes telecommunications services. More importantly, if New York adopts its recommendations, the city’s agencies, residents, businesses and public organizations could see dramatically cheaper, faster and more efficient telecommunications (data and voice) services.

This excellent staff report to the New York City Council recommends a sweeping change in the way the city of New York buys and utilizes telecommunications services. More importantly, if New York adopts its recommendations, the city’s agencies, residents, businesses and public organizations could see dramatically cheaper, faster and more efficient telecommunications (data and voice) services.

The report recommends that New York open the competitive bidding process for its annual voice and data (Internet) bill to take advantage of one of the most underused and expansive fiber optic networks in the United States. It also suggests that the city create wireless metropolitan area networks to connect to the fiber backbone, thereby solving the “last mile” problem. In many cities, digging up streets and laying cables to connect homes and businesses to the city’s fiber backbone is prohibitively expensive.

Download “Network NYC: Building the Broadband City” (May 2003) in PDF format here.