On April 11, our own Joe Plotkin appeared on a panel at the event Internet Everywhere: The Role & Policy Implications of Public Wi-Fi in NYC. Our friend Joly MacFie was kind enough record it. Speakers included Council Member Gale Brewer, NYC officials Deirdre Flynn and Bruce Regal, reps from the ACLU and Time Warner, and more. The moderator was Nilay Patel, managing editor of The Verge.
This Friday, April 26, 2013, I will be appearing on a panel at the Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer’s “Start-up City” conference:
Breakout Session III: Infrastructure for the 21st Century—How Fast, Reliable Internet Access Can Boost Business Throughout the Five Boroughs
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
- Susan Crawford, Professor, Cardozo School of Law
- Dana Spiegel, Founder and Executive Director, NYCWireless
- Andrew Kimball, CEO, Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp.
- Charles Davidson, Director, Advanced Communications Law & Policy Institute, NYLS
- Lourdes Zapata, Senior Vice President, South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation
- Mitchell Moss, Professor of Urban Policy and Planning, NYU
On Tuesday, March 8, from 6:30 – 8:00PM, I will be appearing on a panel at the Municipal Arts Society’s Wireless City: Can All New Yorkers Get Connected? event. The discussion will be an engaging discussion with a number of experts in the field of Broadband and Wireless in NYC and the north-east.
Internet access, once a luxury, is quickly becoming a key livability issue for New York. Other cities have tried to implement free wifi access to all of their citizens, but with varying success. The Municipal Art Society will present a panel of experts who will explore some of the models employed, as well as the challenges in making wifi access a priority.
Together, they will address the following questions:
- What would expanded wireless access enable New Yorkers to do better, more efficiently, and more cost effectively?
- What is the difference between muni-wireless (as was done in Philadelphia and other cities) and public space wireless (as offered in NYC and in Montreal)?
- What are the roles of the city government, BIDs and other organizations, and private/non-profit developers in providing free wifi?
There will also be a Keynote given by Rachel Sterne, NYC’s Chief Digital Officer, and an Introduction given by one of our favorite people, City Councilmember Gale Brewer.
Be sure to register at http://wirelesscitymasnyc.eventbrite.com/
The NY City Council is holding a oversight hearing on the state and plans for Wi-Fi in NY City Parks (a subject near and dear to my heart). NYCwireless will be there testifying and promoting our vision to bring real Free Wi-Fi to City Parks (not this “free for 30 minutes a month” stuff). I’m sure the City Council would love to hear from residents as well, so if you are able to testify, please let us know. If not, come out to the hearing anyway to show your support for our cause!
Please be advised that the Committee on Technology jointly with the Committee on Parks and Recreation will hold a hearing on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. in the 16th Floor Committee Room, 250 Broadway, New York, NY regarding the above-referred topic.
You are hereby invited to attend this hearing and testify therein. Please feel free to bring with you such members of your staff you deem appropriate to the subject matter.
If you plan to participate, it would be greatly appreciated if you could bring twenty (20) copies double-sided of your written testimony to the hearing. Due to increased building security procedures, please bring identification & allot some extra time for entry through the building lobby.
I would appreciate receiving a response from you as to whether or not you will be able to attend. Thank you for your cooperation.
NYCwireless is participating in this year’s NY Technical Holiday Party on 12/21, organized by bootup.io.
The holidays are here and our 4th NY Technical Holiday Party is occurring December 21 at 6:30pm.
Location: Suspenders, 111 Broadway. Business casual attire is required.
Our mission: bring together all aspects of technology and the business of technology in one social event.
As with previous years, we’ll have hundreds of NY’s technology finest in attendance, representing all technologies and the business of tech.
All are invited–from CTO to junior developer, IT manager to investor.