Wed. March 28 @ 7PM: WiFi Hotspot Survey Results

Wed, March 28th, 2007 at 7:00pm
Please note earlier starting time for meeting.

Bway.net
568 Broadway at Prince St, NE corner
Suite 404
New York, NY 10012
(lobby sign-in required)

Agenda:
1. Laura Forlano will present preliminary results from the WiFi? hotspot survey conducted in partnership with NYCwireless. Her findings may surprise you — don’t miss it!!

Ethos Wireless Masters of the Muni-Verse Challenge

The Ethos Group announces our first Masters of the Muni-Verse Challenge, a contest to identify and share the best free online resources available on municipal and community broadband with fabulous prizes.

Send us your recommendations for the best freely available municipal broadband resources by filling out our online entry form at http://www.ethoswireless.com/mastersofthemuniverse. We’ll choose the top 100 and make them available to everyone — Select Muni-Verse Master entrants will win fame, glory, travel funding, and chocolate. Your suggestions will help shape The Ethos Group’s upcoming Municipal Broadband Online Resource Center and Toolkit. Contest entries must be received by April 23th, 2007 — so take a break from taxes and for a chance to win some chocolate and travel!

Selected Masters of the Muni-Verse Receive:

1st Prize. Complimentary registration and $500 travel stipend for the International Summit for Community Wireless Networks May 18-20, 2007 at Loyola College in Columbia, Maryland (www.WirelessSummit.org) and a half-pound box of fair trade organic hand-made chocolates delivered to your door from http://www.luckychocolates.com.

2nd Prize. Complimentary registration and $250 travel stipend for the International Summit for Community Wireless Networks May 18-20, 2007 at Loyola College in Columbia, Maryland (www.WirelessSummit.org) and a half-pound box of fair trade organic hand-made chocolates delivered to your door from http://www.luckychocolates.com.

3rd Prize. A half-pound box of fair trade organic hand-made chocolates delivered to your door from http://www.luckychocolates.com.

What is a “resource”? Resources are broadly defined and open to your interpretation but may include: articles, blog posts, educational materials, organizing tools, municipal documents such as task force report, original research, white papers, presentations, maps, graphs, analysis tools, websites, critiques, or even other resource lists.

What topics are the Ethos Group looking for? Ethos is looking for useful tools for community organizers, decision-makers, implementers, and residents and may span (but are not limited to) topics such as: case studies, business models, technical information and comparisons, digital inclusion initiatives, rural connectivity, public health and safety, disaster response, policies and governance, do-it-yourself networking, as well as more general information on broadband and how it works.

How do I win? Ethos Group staff will select the winners from among completed entry forms. The more resources that you share with us, the higher your chance to win.

More contest details, rules, and fine print can be found at http://www.ethoswireless.com/mastersofthemuniversedetails

NYC Broadband Advisory Committee Meeting on March 30 in The Bronx

On March 30, the New York City Broadband Advisory Committee will meet in the Bronx for the “first of five public hearings to both educate the public on broadband and learn from the public about their experiences, or lack of, with broadband and Internet technology in New York City.” Over the past couple of years, NYC Council Member Gale A. Brewer, based on the testimony of a number of New Yorkers, including NYCwireless, helped create the Broadband Advisory Committee to try to move New York City to the forefront of broadband accessibility and affordability.

NYCwireless will be there to help represent the interests of free public Wi-Fi, which hasn’t had as extensive distribution as midtown and downtown Manhattan. We’ve heard from a number of people and organizations in the Bronx that there’s a tremendous interest in free public Wi-Fi. We’ve been working with Professor John McMullen and his students at Monroe College to build more free hotspots in local businesses.

If you have any interest in helping New York City get affordable, universal, ubiquitous high-speed internet access, you should join us at this meeting.

The public hearing will be on March 30, from 10am-12pm at the Gould Memorial Library Auditorium, Bronx Community College, University Ave. at W. 181st Street. Council Member Brewer and Borough President Carrion invite all Bronx residents, nonprofit organizations and businesses to testify about the availability and affordability — or lack of — of broadband (that is, a high-speed connection to the Internet) in their neighborhoods.

Some questions that the Committee has are:

  1. Why is a fast affordable Internet connection important to you?
  2. What do you consider an “affordable” fee to pay for an high-speed connection to the Internet?
  3. If you have a broadband connection, what do you use it for (e.g., help your child do his/her homework)?
  4. If don’t have broadband or if you had a faster connection to the Internet, what would you use it for (e.g., market your business on-line or look for a job)?

The hearing in the Bronx will kick-off a series of five public hearings that will be convened in every borough of New York City. Based on these hearings and with the help of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the Advisory Committee will report their findings and recommendations to the Mayor and City Council.