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On Monday, May 2, 2005, the Committee on Technology in Government
voted out of committee, 5-0, proposed Int. No. 174-A
(http://webdocs.nyccouncil.info/attachments/65984.htm). On Wednesday,
May 11, 2005, the full New York City Council voted to pass Int. No.
174-A, 50-0. It is expected that the Mayor will sign off on this piece
of important legislation.
Int. No. 174-A "requir(es) the Department of Information Technology
and Telecommunications to make available periodic reports regarding data
collected from the 311 Citizen Service Center." To learn more the type
of 311 information that will be made publicly available after the
provisions of this legislation are implemented, go to the link above
(which will take you to the text of the legislation) or to the first
link below (which will take you to the briefing paper on Int. No.
174-A). Also below is a link to a New York Times article about how Int.
No. 174-A will help the work of community boards.
Also, on Monday, May 2, 2005 at 10 AM, 14th Floor Hearing Room, 250
Broadway, the Committee on Technology in Government held a hearing
entitled Review of the Administration's Telecommunications
Infrastructure and Economic Development Study. The Economic Development
Corporation, the Department of Small Business Services and the
Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications testified
along with leaders of nonprofit organizations interested in promoting
digital equality, economic development / public policy experts,
telecommunications / technology policy experts, and executives of
wireless technology companies.
Here are some links to reports related to this hearing:
* Committee briefing paper with an analysis of the Administration's
report, particularly as it relates to the promotion of universal
access to affordable broadband:
* Administration's telecommunications report:
If you would like any other documents from this hearing, including
the hearing program and copies of witness testimony, feel free to e-mail me.
Recently, the Committee introduced legislation
(http://webdocs.nyccouncil.info/textfiles/Int%200625-2005.htm) to create
a "a temporary task force to study how affordable broadband access can
be made available to all New York City residents, nonprofit
organizations and businesses."
Below are links to some articles on the legislation:
Right now, the hearing on Int. No. 625 is scheduled for Friday, June
10, 2005 at 10 AM in the Committee Room, City Hall. More details on
this hearing to come.
On Tuesday, June 21, 2005 at 1 PM, Committee Room, City Hall, the
Committee will hold an oversight hearing on the development of the New
York City information technology (IT) industry. More details on this
hearing to come.
The following are some events you may be interested in attending:
On Monday, May 16, 2005, the nation's most influential political
bloggers, together with a "Who's Who" of bipartisan political and
technology experts, will converge in New York at the second annual
Personal Democracy Forum (http://www.personaldemocracy.com/), the
preeminent conference examining the implications and impact of Internet
technology on politics. Taking place at the CUNY Graduate Center in
Manhattan, and sponsored by Google, this year's Forum features the
newsmakers from both Red and Blue States, who are reshaping the
landscape of the electoral process, political action and communication
in our wired world.
* Andy Stern, SEIU
* Jennifer 8. Lee, New York Times
* Craig Newmark, Craigslist
* Michael Turk, RNC eCampaign Director
* Dianah Neff, CIO, Philadelphia
For more information, including a full list of speakers, and to
register, go to: http://www.personaldemocracy.com/conference.
May 23, 2005, 6-8 pm
The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
42 W 44th St.
IPTV AND ENTERTAINMENT OVER BROADBAND: WILL THE RULES OF THE ROAD GET US
WHERE WE WANT TO GO?
Internet Protocol is increasingly used to deliver not only voice
(telephone) and data (internet access), but video as well, as
established telephone companies Verizon and SBC have made major
investments to enter this arena and expand the competitive battlefronts
with cable and satellite providers. The new technological and business
developments present significant legal and public policies issues including:
* Will IPTV require a broad "open access" requirement to the
broadband pipe, or will the development of broadband competition
provide a market-based solution?
* Is there still a place for local franchising of cable systems and
their competitors in a world of globalized IPTV?
* What regulatory impact will flow from the applications that sit on
a broadband platform independent of the provider - i.e., the video
equivalents of VOIP?
* Given the inevitability of technological change, what does the
current legal framework mean for IPTV content providers? Is there
a better regulatory framework that balances the interests of the
content players, network owners and users?
Marc Lawrence-Apfelbaum, Executive Vice President and General Counsel,
Time Warner Cable
Tim Lay, Spiegel and McDiarmid
Jane Mago, General Counsel, National Association of Broadcasters
Randal S. Milch, Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel,
Verizon Communications, Inc.
Howard B. Homonoff (Moderator), President, Homonoff Media Group LLC and
Associate Professor of Media Law, Drexel University Joint Television
Telecommunications Law Committee, David E. Bronston, Chair
In conjunction with the Columbia Institute of Tele-Information and the
Marconi Foundation at Columbia University
Building the Broadband Economy, June 13-14, New York City
"Building the Broadband Economy" is the 2005 edition of the
Intelligent Community Forum's annual conference and awards program. It
explores how cities and town are coping with the challenges of a
globalizing world and building vibrant local economies based on
broadband and information technology. It brings an audience of leaders
from business, government and the nonprofit sector to New York City to
explore what it takes to compete in the fast-emerging "broadband
economy," how broadband is changing our communities, and who will be the
winners and losers of the Digital Age. Registration includes the
Intelligent Community Awards of 2005. Produced in association with the
Institute for Technology & Enterprise at Polytechnic University. For
more information, go to the following link:
Note: Council Member Gale Brewer will be delivering a keynote
address at this conference.
About the New York City Council's Committee on Technology in Government
The primary goals of the Committee on Technology in Government are
(1) to expand digital equality by increasing access to broadband in
underserved communities of New York City (2) to increase the strategic
use of technology in government, thereby, increasing efficiency in
government and enhancing the quality of public services, and (3) to
promote the openness and transparency of government by making sure that
public information is accessible to every New York City resident.
Through its ability to hold oversight hearings over City agencies and
introduce and hear legislation, the Committee on Technology in
Government works to achieve its goals in partnership with the private,
public and nonprofit sectors.
More information about the Committee and the Chair of the Committee,
Council Member Gale A. Brewer, can be found at the following link:
All Committee briefing papers from the current session (beginning in January
2004) are also available at this link.
If you know of people who would be interested in the Committee on
Technology in Government's activities, please feel free to forward this
e-mail to them. If you know of anyone who would like to receive these
e-mails, just have them e-mail me, and I will be put them on the list.
Finally, feel free to post this information on any listserve you may
belong to or on any website you are affiliated with.
Thank you. I look forward to seeing you at one of our hearings.
Legislative Policy Analyst, Committee on Technology in Government
New York City Council
250 Broadway, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10007
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