Prior to the latest Vision, the city’s last major broadband intervention was negotiated in 2006 under Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. New York was contracted by Verizon to give the company the benefit of burying fiber-optic cables on city streets in exchange for installing high – speed fios in every neighborhood. But Verizon has failed to do so in many low-income neighborhoods. At a public hearing in April, the city’s chief technical officer, John Paul Farmer, testified that relatively few providers in some neighborhoods meant there was little pressure on the market to bring prices down. “The current oligopolistic system is broken, and it has created digital inequality on New York’s streets and neighborhoods,” he said.
The city recently reached a settlement with Verizon, which needs to connect an additional 500,000 homes by 2023, with at least 125,000 underworld neighbors.
Chris Serico, one for Verizon, said the company has a way to meet the terms of its settlement. “Verizon is committed to finding long-term solutions that provide affordable broadband options to low-income Americans.” Serico wrote in an email.
Clayton Banks, chief executive of Silicon Harlem, a company focused on increasing connectivity in Harlem, said it hoped the city’s betting strategy on more competition would work, but was looking forward to seeing what Fios and existing providers would cost. . “If you continue to bust the infrastructure, which is definitely welcome and necessary, but you keep the same retail price,” he said, “you haven’t solved anything in terms of getting more people online.”
Months back and forth, NYC Mesh got the green light to place a center on Bed-Stui’s 24-story public housing tower, along with two other developments in the Bronx and Queens. Four other smaller providers, including Silicon Harlem, were selected to wire 10 other developments from NYCHA. As part of the first phase of the Internet Master Plan, which will direct શહેર 157 million to the city, free public hot spots were established around the exterior bases of projects by NYC Mash; Other companies must provide residents with access to Wi-Fi in their apartment for more than 20 per month.
NYC Mesh has applied to install hubs on an additional 163 public buildings as part of the second phase. If successful, this will cover most of NYC Mash City in the next five to seven years. Each router installation comes with a free public Wi-Fi hotspot, so NYC Mash can help make the Internet truly universal in New York City.
Although NYC Mash continues to grow, it still runs into the same predicament as the larger providers: the Internet sometimes comes down. Mr. Heredia and other volunteers pride themselves on quickly resolving service issues, but as the organization expands, it will need more people like Mr. Heredia if he wants to keep members happy.