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Subject: E-Update for the Committee on Technology in Government of the New
York City Council (March 5, 2007).
The following are upcoming hearings to be convened by the Committee
on Technology in Government of the New York City Council. The Committee
is chaired by Council Member Gale A. Brewer (Manhattan, Council District
6). If you have any questions about the Committee's hearing schedule,
please contact Jeff Baker (jeffrey.baker-at-council.nyc.ny.us /
212-788-9193), Counsel to the Committee on Technology in Government, or
Colleen Pagter (colleen.pagter-at-council.nyc.ny.us / 212-788-9085), Policy
Analyst to the Committee on Technology in Government. Feel free to
suggest potential hearing topics to Jeff and Colleen as well.
Hope to see you at one of our upcoming events!
On Thursday, March 8 at 1 PM in the Committee Room, City Hall, the
Committee on Technology in Government and the Committee on Land Use will
convene an oversight hearing on the Department of Information Technology
and Telecommunications' (DoITT) FY 08 Preliminary Budget. Commissioner
Paul Cosgrave will testify, along with other agency executives.
If you are interested in learning more about this hearing and others
hearings to be convened by the Committee on Technology in Government,
please contact Colleen Pagter (colleen.pagter-at-council.nyc.ny.us /
212-788-9085), Policy Analyst to the Committee on Technology in Government.
Co-sponsored by the Office of Adolfo Carrion, the Bronx Borough
President and the South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation
(SoBRO), the New York City Broadband Advisory Committee will hold its
first public hearing on March 30, from 9 AM - 11 AM, in the rotunda of
Bronx Borough Hall, 851 Grand Concourse. Sponsored by Council Member
Gale Brewer, Local Law 126
created the Broadband Advisory Committee to advise the Mayor and the
City Council on how to bring affordable broadband to all New York City
residents, nonprofit organizations and businesses. 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.
You can learn more about the Broadband Advisory Committee as well as
comment about the issue of broadband in New York City by going to the
Broadband Advisory Committee's blog, www.nycbroadband.blogspot.com
. Comments will then be posted
on the Committee's blog for public consumption. Or you can mail your
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. If you cannot make it to the hearing on
March 30, we still want to hear from you so feel free to post your
thoughts on the Advisory Committee's blog!
Some questions we would like to get answers to include:
* Why is a fast affordable Internet connection important to you?
* What do you consider an "affordable" fee to pay for a high-speed
connection to the Internet?
* If you have a broadband connection, what do you use it for (e.g.,
help your child do his/her homework)?
* 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. The
next hearing has been tentatively scheduled for mid-May in downtown
Brooklyn. Stay tuned for details. 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.
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 (ryan.merola-at-gmail.com
For information about Local Law 126, the Committee and its
structure, and broadband policy, please contact Jeff Baker
/ 212-788-9193), Counsel to the
Committee on Technology in Government.
If you are a member of the press and would like more information
about the Committee and/or the public hearings, please contact Bruce
Lai, (bruce.lai-at-council.nyc.ny.us /
212-788-6975), Chief of Staff to Council Member Gale A. Brewer.
Forwarding and posting information about the March 30th event and
the Broadband Advisory Committee is strongly encouraged.
Wi-Fi Hotspot Survey
Thank you to everyone that has taken the time to fill out the WiFi
Hotspot Survey that is being conducted by Laura Forlano, a graduate
student in Communications at Columbia University. With your help, Laura
has received nearly 500 responses and has decided to extend the survey
until the end of April. In addition, groups around the world in cities
including Montreal, Budapest and Berlin have expressed interest in
running the survey in their communities. If you have not yet responded
to the survey, you can take it at:
The survey takes about ten minutes to complete. Participants will
be entered into a drawing for an iPod, iTunes or a $300 donation to a
charity of your choice. If you have questions about the survey, please
contact Laura Forlano at wirelessinternetsurvey-at-yahoo.com.
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 through 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. I will put them on the list. Finally, feel
free to post this information on any list serve you may belong to or on
any website you are affiliated with. If you do not want to receive
these e-mails anymore, please e-mail me, and I will take you off the
Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you at one of our hearings!
Chief of Staff
Office of Council Member Gale A. Brewer
New York City Council
250 Broadway, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10007
PLEASE NOTE THE NEW PHONE NUMBERS
City Hall: 212.788.6975
District Office: 212.873.0282
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