We’ve gotten the Press Briefing Documents from DoITT regarding the Cable Franchise Negotiations for NYC. Obviously Wi-Fi is only one part of what they negotiated, and there’s a lot of self-congratulations in these docs, but now everyone can read for themselves.
We think the Wi-Fi concessions are really pretty weak, but are very happy that all the work we’ve done over the past 10 years has resulted in them even being on the table.
What we’d really like to see is that $10 million be put into a fund that can let local organizations, like BIDs, “Friends of” groups, and others that help out individual parks can use to bring 24/7/365 Free Wi-Fi to those parks. We’ve long said (and told DoITT, NYC EDC, and the Parks Department) that the biggest thing lacking for these local groups is funding for such projects.
Anyway, here are the docs: