November Meeting: Andrew Rasiej!! Wed Nov 30th at 7:15 PM

This Wednesday, November 30th, 2005 at 7:15pm
568 Broadway at Prince St, NE corner
Suite 404
New York, NY 10012
(Please note:’s offices are still under construction — we apologize in advance for our appearance. Also, everybody will need to sign-in in the lobby.)


  1. General update on projects by Board members
  2. Andrew Rasiej: The Future of Public Wifi — As a recent candidate for NYC Public Advocate office, Andrew made free public wifi a central theme of his “Connecting NYC” campaign. He will discuss the obstacles and opportunities for public access to wireless infrastructure — followed by an extended Q&A session.
  3. Workshop breakout sessions: small group discussions from novice to advanced questions

More about Andrew Rasiej

Although he didn’t win, Andrew Rasiej’s campaign was successful in bringing tremendous attention to the issue of public wireless infrastructure, including this glowing column by Tom Friedman in the NY Times.

Andrew Rasiej (pronounced rah-SHAY) is a community activist and successful business leader who has spent much of his life connecting people, turning ideas into action, solving problems, and making change. In other words, he has long been an advocate for New York and New Yorkers.

Andrew Rasiej’s bio

Agenda from November 18 FCC Consumer Advisory Committee Meeting

The second FCC Consumer Advisory Committee meeting included panels on Telecommunications Competition and Consumers, and Media Ownership and Consumer Interest; passed recommendations on Access to Video Relay Service Networks and Public Interest Obligations and the Digital Television; and included briefings on Public Participation via New Information and Communication Technologies.

NYCwireless is being represented on the Rural and Underserved Communities and Advanced Technologies working groups.
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, S.W., Room TW-C305, Washington, DC

Friday, November 18, 2005

8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Morning Session

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Continental Breakfast, Networking and Conversation

9:00 – 9:05 a.m. Welcome and Call to Order Shirley L. Rooker, Chair, Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC)

9:05 – 9:10 a.m. Meeting Logistics Scott Marshall, CAC Designated Federal Officer, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB)

9:10 – 9:30 a.m.
Introduction of the Chairman and Commissioners, (Chairman and Commissioners invited — schedules permitting) Monica Desai, Chief, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau (CGB)

9:30 – 9:45 a.m. CGB Update, Monica Desai, Chief, CGB

9:45 – 10:00 a.m. Break

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Perspectives on Telecommunications Competition and Consumers Panel Discussion: Debra Berlyn, Chair Competition Policy WG

11:00 – 12:00 p.m.
Media Ownership and Consumer Interest Panel Discussion: Denis Moynihan, Chair, Media WG, (speakers Juan Gonzalez; David Honig, Executive Director Minority Media and Telecommunications Council; Anthony Riddle, Alliance for Community Media; Hannah Sassaman, Program Director, Prometheus Radio Project)

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch and Networking

Afternoon Session

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. Recommendation Regarding Access to VRS Networks Dixie Ziegler, Chair, TRS WG

1:45 – 2:30 p.m. Recommendation Concerning Public Interest Obligations and the Digital Television Charles Benton, Member, Media WG

2:30 – 2:45 p.m. Break

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. Public participation via New Information and Communication Technologies at the FCC Speaker: Joanne Holman, Associate Professor, School of Media Arts & Design, James Madison University

3:15 – 3:45 p.m. Captioning and DTV Demonstration
Introduction: Julie Kearney, CAC Member
Presenters: Brian Markwalter, Vice President Technology and Standards, Consumer Electronics Association; Paul Thomsen, Director, Design/Technology & Standards, Hitachi Home Electronics (America), Inc.; Robert N. Blanchard, Standards Coordinator, Sony Electronics Television Operations of the Americas, Advanced Technology and Planning Division.

3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Wrap up, Comments from the Public, and Future Meetings

4:00 p.m. Adjournment

NYCwireless Network Neutrality Broadband Challenge

In light of SBC CEO Edward Whitacre’s comments about charging websites a fee for providing services to SBC broadband customers, NYCwireless is launching the NYCwireless Network Neutrality Broadband Challenge.

NYCwireless is challenging every company that provides broadband services in NYC to make a public statement supporting the 4 Network Neutrality principles outlined below. We will keep a scorecard on the NYCwireless website showing which companies have shown a commitment to free trade and open access by embracing these principles.

Broadband Challenge
Broadband Challenge Scorecard

Every provider should include a web page with their public statement on their own websites. We suggest that the URL to find a provider’s stance on Network Neutrality be made available to the Internet community via the URL http://YourISPWebsite/neutral.html.