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Thursday, May 22, 2003


It could be the Mother of all municipal broadband networks ...

It could be the Mother of all municipal broadband networks ...

“A new study from the New York City Council is recommending that the Big Apple throw open the competitive bidding process for its annual $130 million phone and Internet bill in order to leverage one of the most expansive -- and underused -- fiber optic networks in the country. In so doing, New York City could not only cut its annual telecom bill, but would also be in a position to deploy wireless networking links as the "last mile" connecting metropolitan area networks, or MANs. In addition, it suggested using the fiber to deploy free Internet access with a Wi-Fi Network in Brooklyn's Prospect Park.”

Full article goes into much more detail about the range of resources already available to New York City and the various ways the city might exploit them.


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