Here is a quote from the official announcement:

Sponsored by the Office of Council Member Gale A. Brewer (CD 6 -
Manhattan), the Office of the Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion,
Bronx Community College and the South Bronx Overall Economic Development
Corporation (SoBRO), the New York City Broadband Advisory Committee will
hold its first public hearing on Friday, March 30, from 10 am to Noon,
in the Gould Memorial Library Auditorium, Bronx Community College,
University Avenue at W. 181st Street.

Appended below my personal note is the whole official announcement.


Personal Note by Jay Sulzberger:

The issue of Common Carriage, or as it has been mis-renamed,
Network Neutrality, has been largely mis-stated in the popular
press. On February 14 and 15, 2007, the Federal Trade Commission
held a Workshop on Network Neutrality and I submitted a comment
on the proceedings. The official version of my comment is at

http://www.ftc.gov/os/comments/broad...7031-00056.pdf

but the better rendition by Jon Newton is at

http://www.p2pnet.net/story/11682

At the workshop, Ronald Yokubaitis of Data Foundry,

http://www.datafoundry.com/about_us

spoke clearly about what is really at stake. Ronald Yokubaitis's
formal submission to the workshop is at

http://www.ftc.gov/opp/workshops/bro...okubaitis1.pdf

and a transcript of what he actually said at the podium is at

http://wwwhatsup.com/isoc-ny/FTC_NN8


This Friday, at 10:00 am in the Bronx, Gale Brewer's New York
City Broadband Advisory Committee will meet to hear testimony
regarding delivery of the Internet at high speed to all of New
York City. Seth Johnson of the Dynamic Platform Standards project

http://www.dpsproject.com

and John Perry Barlow of the Bar Cross Land and Livestock
Company, the Grateful Dead, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation

http://homes.eff.org/~barlow

will speak.


We New Yorkers who know that the Net is not cable TV, not even
interactive cable TV, have a chance, over the next few months, to
convey the facts of the matter to Gale Brewer's committee, and to
all the City Council. There will be more meetings, and more
testimony. Let us stop the Englobulators from taking our Net.
Let us stop them, here in New York City.


Below is the official announcement from Bruce Lai.

Jay Sulzberger
Corresponding Secretary LXNY
LXNY is New York's Free Computing Organization.
http://www.lxny.org



Date: Wed, 28 Mar 2007 16:15:59 -0400
From: Bruce Lai
Subject: REMINDER: BROADBAND ADVISORY COMMITTEE HEARING THIS FRIDAY, MARCH 30 IN THE BRONX.

Hello All,

This is just a quick reminder. Hope to see you there!

*****

Sponsored by the Office of Council Member Gale A. Brewer (CD 6 -
Manhattan), the Office of the Bronx Borough President Adolfo Carrion,
Bronx Community College and the South Bronx Overall Economic Development
Corporation (SoBRO), the New York City Broadband Advisory Committee will
hold its first public hearing on Friday, March 30, from 10 am to Noon,
in the Gould Memorial Library Auditorium, Bronx Community College,
University Avenue at W. 181st Street.

For detailed directions via subway and by car and a full list of
Committee members (along with their bios), go to the unofficial website
of the NYC Broadband Advisory Committee:

* http://nycbroadband.blogspot.com/

Council Member Gale A. Brewer, Bronx Borough President Adolfo
Carrion Jr. and Bronx Community College President Carolyn Williams will
all make opening remarks. The Committee will then hear testimony from
members of the general public, including concerned citizens and senior
citizens from Bronx senior centers. After the official testimony
period, anyone from the audience is invited -- and encouraged -- to speak.

The next public hearing is tentatively scheduled for mid-May in
downtown Brooklyn.

If you cannot make it to the hearing on March 30, we still want to
hear from you! You can comment about the issue of broadband in New York
City by going to the Advisory Committee's blog (see above). Comments
will then be posted on the Committee's blog for public consumption. Or
you can mail any questions or 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.

Forwarding and posting information about the March 30th event and
the Broadband Advisory Committee is strongly encouraged!

*****

Our friend, Craig Newmark, was nice enough to post something about
the Bronx hearing on his own blog: http://cnewmark.com/.

*****

Informationweek did a quick story on Friday's hearing last week.

New Yorkers Want To Stay On Right Side Of Digital Divide

* http://www.informationweek.com/news/...on=All+Stories

*****

From Bob Atkinson of Columbia's CITI ...

Columbia Institute for Tele-Information (CITI) & New York
Telecommunications Reliability Advisory Council (NYTRAC) Present:
Telecommunications Reliability in the Information Capital of the World
May 17, 2007
Columbia University, New York

New York City depends on its telecommunications infrastructure. High
quality, high speed and highly reliable telecommunications services are
the lifeblood of the financial services, media, advertising and software
industries. The City's government has become information-centric, using
telecommunications to deliver critical municipal services to citizens.
Thousands of New Yorkers work for web-based businesses, delivering
services to clients around the world, and thousands more telecommute
regularly.

Is New York's telecommunications infrastructure up to the challenge
- is it reliable enough to support an information-dependent economy and
society? Could it be more reliable? Are users willing to pay for an
ultra-reliable infrastructure? Could network operators provide such a
network, and what would it cost? What can (and should) government do to
help? These questions are not just relevant to New York. As the United
States becomes increasingly dependent on reliable telecommunications,
the experience and lessons learned in New York will be applicable across
the country.

CITI and NYTRAC are organizing a full-day conference at Columbia
University to examine these and other questions. Expert representatives
of major users, suppliers of telecom services and all levels of
government will ask and answer the critical questions surrounding
telecommunications reliability in New York.

Additional details will be posted on the CITI and NYTRAC websites,
or for more information, please contact John Heywood , CITI's Assistant
Director, by email or at 212-854-4222.

*****

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:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=735302651119. The survey takes
about ten minutes to complete. Participants will be entered into a
drawing for an iPod or a $300 donation to a charity of your choice. If
you have questions about the survey, please contact Laura Forlano at
wirelessinternetsurvey@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 in 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 to
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:

* http://nyccouncil.info/issues/commit...&ltsbdkey=5121


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 listserve 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
list immediately.

Thank you, and I look forward to seeing you at one of our hearings!

Regards,
Bruce Lai

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Bruce Lai
Chief of Staff
Office of Council Member Gale A. Brewer
New York City Council
250 Broadway, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10007
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