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NYC Launches Contest Offering Free Business Fiber
As Part of Initiative to Improve Lagging Broadband
by Karl Bode 08:37AM Monday Oct 22 2012
A new initiative to improve broadband connectivity in New York City could award New York Start ups with free fiber connections. After years of being criticized as having inadequate broadband despite being a major global business hub -- New York's Mayor Bloomberg recently launched an initiative to prod companies like Time Warner Cable to ramp up fiber availability. Time Warner has tried, inaccurately, to equate this $25 million belated expansion of business fiber to what Google's doing in Kansas City.

According to Mayor Bloomberg's office, the new project involves a suite of initiatives including ConnectNYC -- a competition to build out fiber services for commercial 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 build regulations, and a competition to develop mobile applications to help residents access critical services provided by the City and community-based organizations.

Bloomberg has now launched the ConnectNYC Fiber Challenge, which urges companies with less than 100 employees to apply here if they're interested in winning free fiber connections. Total awards to businesses will tally $12 million over a two year period, with up to $7 million distributed this year. The city says the average deployment for winners will be around $50,000.

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tmc8080

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what's needed

is REAL competition.. let Time Warner and RCN overlap all of NYC so there are 4 (ok, 3.1 carriers-- RCN isn't much of a carrier as a sidewalk merchant compared to the big 3) carriers competing instead of a hodge podge of non overlapping segments.

Also, the residential market is still not competitive enough. Hold the current carriers accountable for doing more to deploy a faster network and lower prices.
elray

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Re: what's needed

said by tmc8080:

is REAL competition.. let Time Warner and RCN overlap all of NYC so there are 4 (ok, 3.1 carriers-- RCN isn't much of a carrier as a sidewalk merchant compared to the big 3) carriers competing instead of a hodge podge of non overlapping segments.

Also, the residential market is still not competitive enough. Hold the current carriers accountable for doing more to deploy a faster network and lower prices.

How is RCN, or any other overbuilder, not permitted to overlap existing franchise territory?

"Holding carriers accountable" is regulation, not "real competition", and will only lead to rate hikes and damage awards, not lower prices.

Who is this mythical 4th carrier?