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New York Needs to Up Its Broadband Game ASAP

Mayor Bloomberg addresses the crowd at yesterday's presser. (Photo: Celeste Sloman, New York Observer)

The word “broadband” is enough to send the layperson to sleep. But even the least tech-savvy New Yorker can often be heard asking “How do we not have free WiFi in the city yet?”

And for fast-growing tech startups, it’s an issue of the utmost importance.

“Broadband quality is one of the first questions any Read More

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Mayoral Candidate Bill de Blasio Talks Tech

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Public Advocate Bill de Blasio is a proponent of equality. His approach has been slowly gaining steam in the mayoral race. In the most recent Quinnipiac poll of likely Democratic primary voters, Mr. de Blasio (21 percent) only trails Christine Quinn (27 percent).

Wired City: Mayor Bloomberg and Speaker Quinn worked toward making the city a tech hub. Were they successful?http://commercialobserver.com/2013/08/president-obama-visits-chattanooga-to-talk-jobs/ Read More

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One on One with a ConnectNYC Fiber Challenge Winner: Creative Hub 3rd Ward

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If you check out the city Economic Development Corporation’s map of fiber availability in New York City, it’s hard to miss the sprawling fiber-less emptiness of poor Brooklyn and Queens. With the exception of two prominent east-west channels of wiring, things are looking a little sparse.

So you can imagine 3rd Ward’s excitement when it learned not only that it had won the ConnectNYC Fiber Challenge, but also that Time Warner’s fiber was laid right outside its East Williamsburg building. Read More

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Housing Your Startup in a Broadband-less Building? Try a Mobile Hotspot.

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Let’s say you’re a New York City tech startup moving into a prewar commercial space. It’s totally trendy, you probably told yourself, until you realized that the Internet connection consisted of a bunch of old, dead wires—or nothing at all. What the heck will your small business do?

Fiber broadband might be your tech-savvy startup’s first choice, but if you’re not based in Kansas City, let’s face it: fiber’s not always feasible. The City of New York estimates that the average cost of a commercial fiber installation is $50,000 per business—a price your landlord might not be willing to shell out. Read More

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Mayoral Candidates Weigh in on Tech Expansion: John Catsimatidis

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Mayor Bloomberg has been a vocal advocate of moving New York City toward the center of the tech world, but with the end of his third term approaching, the future of his vision is in jeopardy, especially where it concerns broadband technology. Throughout the day, Wired City will be publishing a series of interviews with several of this year’s crop of mayoral candidates, asking each where he or she stands on issues regarding broadband and how best to upgrade the city’s aging infrastructure. Read More

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Mayoral Candidates Weigh in on Tech Expansion: John Liu

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Mayor Bloomberg has been a vocal advocate of moving New York City toward the center of the tech world, but with the end of his third term approaching, the future of his vision is in jeopardy, especially where it concerns broadband technology. Throughout the day, Wired City will be publishing a series of interviews with several of this year’s crop of mayoral candidates, asking each where he or she stands on issues regarding broadband and how best to upgrade the city’s aging infrastructure. Read More

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Introducing Wired City, a New Channel Where Commercial Real Estate and Broadband Come Together

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New York City is inching ever closer to rival Silicon Valley as the epicenter of the tech world—and commercial real estate has to match its pace. With more tech start-ups moving to New York, and requiring high-speed Internet to do their jobs—or at least watch cat videos with minimal buffering—the presence of a broadband Internet connection can transform a pedestrian property into a hot commodity.

That’s why fellow Observer Media property The Commercial Observer has launched Wired City, a savvy new channel that explores the intersection of infrastructure, real estate, and broadband Internet. If you enjoy Betabeat’s coverage of New York’s quest for world domination, we think Wired City will be right up your alley. Read More