Movie Nights at Brooklyn Bridge Park

The Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy has posted the schedule for their 2009 Movies with a View movie nights this summer. As many of you know, BBP is one of NYCwireless’ premiere hotspots, and offers a stunning view of Manhattan from just over the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges.

There are some great movies planned for this summer, and the best part is you can use the NYCwireless hotspot that’s in the park while you get your seat ready and wait for the show to begin (you wouldn’t use your laptop during the movie, would you?).

Breakout Festival Announces Internship

NYCwireless is helping launch the summer’s Breakout!, the eight-day festival that encourages freelancers, students and office workers to “take to the streets and bring their work with them.”  

The call has gone out for an intern to be a Production Assistant and Online Community Manager.   Find more info at Breakout!

The Day The Telco Blinked

It happened so fast you may have missed it.  Late last week AT&T posted a change to its mobile data plan that indicated it would start throttling down peer-to-peer sharing.  This would affect phone-call apps like Skype. Within a day, after public outroar from customers like you, they apologized and retracted it.

Sound familiar?

First, yes, it’s similar to what happened at FaceBook–a company tries to pull something onerous, only to retract it after consumers find out.  That said, Facebook is a small, agile company.  This is AT&T, one of the most intractable telcos out there.  Historically it’s taken years of work in court to get AT&T to change its ways.

Second, it’s another battle in the fight for an Open Internet.   Last year, Comcast tried to throttle regular peer-to-peer applications like Skype, and the FCC called them on it. AT&T was mucking with its mobile data plan, but the motive is the same–force people to use the carrier’s more expensive services rather than letting them get their work done.

What AT&T and Comcast should be realizing is that this type of throttling is now on the wrong side of the economic debate.  An Open Internet keeps us productive and competitive.  Skype lets people make cheap phone calls.  Video sharing lets people do web-conferences.   Efforts to stifle communications strike at the heart of America’s productivity and competitiveness in the world.

The fight continues. Follow the story and let your representatives know this matters to you.  An Open Internet will ensure we can all get our work done and succeed.

Australia announces National Broadband Network to bring 100mbps to most residents and businesses

This is the type of project that our broadband stimulus plan dollars should be used to create. In particular, the network will be created as a wholesale network, which means that all ISPs can take advantage of the fiber conduit, and should help to create a vibrant, competitive market for broadband down under.

(thanks to Dave Isenberg and Catherine Middleton for the pointer)

New National Broadband Network
The Rudd [Australian federal] Government today announced the establishment of a new company to build and operate a new super fast National Broadband Network.

This new super fast National Broadband Network, built in partnership with private sector, will be the single largest nation building infrastructure project in Australian history.

This new National Broadband Network will:

  • Connect 90 percent of all Australian homes, schools and workplaces with broadband services with speeds up to 100 megabits per second—100 times faster than those currently used by many households and businesses
  • Connect all other premises in Australia with next generation wireless and satellite technologies that will deliver broadband speeds of 12 megabits per second
  • Directly support up to 25,000 local jobs every year, on average, over the 8 year life of the project.


The new superfast network will:

  • connect homes, schools and workplaces with optical fibre (fibre to the premises or ‘FTTP’), providing broadband services to Australians in urban and regional towns with speeds of 100 megabits per second – 100 times faster than those currently used by most people—extending to towns with a population of around 1,000 or more people
  • use next generation wireless and satellite technologies that will be able to deliver 12 megabits per second or more to people living in more remote parts of rural Australia
  • provide fibre optic transmission links connecting cities, major regional centres and rural towns
  • be Australia’s first national wholesale-only, open access broadband network
  • be built and operated on a commercial basis by a company established at arm’s length from Government and involve private sector investment
  • be expected to be rolled-out, simultaneously, in metropolitan, regional, and rural areas.

Video of Has Divestiture Worked? A 25th Anniversary Assessment of the Break Up of AT&T now online

This is a little late, but the video of the presentations for the “Has Divestiture Worked? A 25th Anniversary Assessment of the Break Up of AT&T” event at which I presented is now available online.

The embedded video is from session 3, and the discussion about NYCwireless happens between 25:00 and 38:00.

Thanks to ISOC for getting these videos online!