Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn Announce New Initiatives to Expand New York City’s Broadband Connectivity, Bolstering the Growing Tech Sector and Allowing Businesses And Residents to Access High-Speed Internet

Designed to Address Specific Challenge Areas the City Faces to Ensure NYC is a Global Leader in Connectivity and Technology in the 21st Century, Hundreds of Buildings Wired and Certified Over Next 2 Years, Tens of Thousands of Permits Issued More Efficiently

June 2013 | New York, NY

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and City Council Speaker Christine C. Quinn today announced a suite of new initiatives to expand New York City’s broadband connectivity and ensure that the City further establishes its leadership position in connectivity and technology for the 21st century. Designed to capitalize on the growth currently taking place within the City’s technology sector by addressing critical ongoing challenges, the initiatives include a competition to build out fiber wiring for commercial and industrial buildings, a grading program for connectivity in New York City buildings, a crowd-sourced digital map highlighting wired buildings citywide, a streamlined process for broadband-related permitting as well as exploring the streamlining of regulatory issues, and a competition to develop mobile applications to help residents access critical services provided by the City and community-based organizations. Collectively, these initiatives, which were developed in partnership with the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, are expected to lead to hundreds of buildings being wired for state-of-the-art connectivity in the next two years, tens of thousands of permits issued through more efficient and streamlined processes, thousands of buildings being certified and placed on the City’s digital map, and a significant increase in online resources for thousands of residents of the five boroughs. The announcement was made by Deputy Mayor Robert Steel this morning in a forum sponsored by the Association for a Better New York.

“The growing technology industry is diversifying the City’s economy and creating the jobs of the future,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “To support those jobs, we need to help the industry get the resources it needs-whether that means more qualified engineers or broadband connections. But encouraging investment in broadband will help more than just the tech sector- it will make sure more businesses and more New Yorkers can get connected.”

“These five initiatives we're announcing today to improve access to high-speed broadband come at a time when our city’s businesses and residents depend on the internet more now than ever before,” said Speaker Quinn. “By removing impediments to business operation, such as the lack of access to broadband in commercial office buildings, we’ll ensure business owners can focus the bulk of their attention on running a successful business. I thank Mayor Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor Steel for working with the City Council to address the needs of those most affected by these issues and taking even more concrete steps toward our goal of making New York City the tech capital of the world.”

These new measures will have a big impact on small businesses that rely on Internet access to provide valuable services to their customers. In the greater New York City area, Time Warner Cable Business Class has a long history of partnering with small businesses to provide high-speed broadband solutions to ensure that the connections between small businesses and their customers are strong.