The Committee will hear testimony from select elected officials, policy experts and, most importantly, Bronx residents. Council Member Brewer and Borough President Carrion invite all Bronx residents, nonprofit organizations and businesses to testify about the availability and affordability -- or lack of -- of broadband (that is, a high-speed connection to the Internet) in their neighborhoods.
Some questions we would like to get answers to include:
1. Why is a fast affordable Internet connection important to you?
2. What do you consider an "affordable" fee to pay for an high-speed connection to the Internet?
3. If you have a broadband connection, what do you use it for (e.g., help your child do his/her homework)?
4. If don't have broadband or if you had a faster connection to the Internet, what would you use it for (e.g., market your business on-line or look for a job)?
The hearing in the Bronx will kick-off a series of five public hearings that will be convened in every borough of New York City. Based on these hearings and with the help of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, the Advisory Committee will report their findings and recommendations to the Mayor and City Council.
If you cannot make it to the hearing on March 30, we still want to hear from you!You can comment about the issue of broadband in New York City by clicking on the comments link at the bottom of each post and entering your comment in the new window. All comments will be screened first before posting. Or you can mail any questions or comments to Colleen Pagter, Policy Analyst for the Committee on Technology in Government, New York City Council, 250 Broadway, 14th Floor, New York, NY 10007. s
For information regarding the Committee's public hearing schedule, event details and how you might get involved in providing community outreach, please contact Ryan Merola (firstname.lastname@example.org / 212-788-6975).
For about information about Local Law 126, the Committee and its structure, and broadband policy, please contact Jeff Baker (email@example.com / 212-788-9193), Counsel to the Committee on Technology in Government.
If you are a member of the media and would like more information about the Committee and/or the public hearings, please contact Bruce Lai, (firstname.lastname@example.org / 212-788-6975), Chief of Staff to Council Member Gale A. Brewer.
For more information about the Committee on Technology in Government and the Chair of the Committee, Council Member Gale A. Brewer, go to the following links:
• Council Member Gale A. Brewer: http://nyccouncil.info/constituent/member_details.cfm?con_id=28
• Committee on Technology in Government: http://nyccouncil.info/issues/committee.cfm?committee_id=106
Please feel free to circulate, send and/or post information about the Broadband Advisory Committee.