& Cablevision

Based on the following testimony, a  strategy for AKNA will be to carefully examine the “profitability” argument. In the testimony (cited below) from DoITT on the availability of high speed services in New York City, the public policy appears to be the same as the providers (FiOS etc.).   The high quality service goes where the likelihood of subscriptions is high.

The purpose of the hearing is how DoITT spent its share of the funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 in implementing Broadband Initiatives.  The answer appears to be IT for schools, commercial and industrial areas, and libraries. BUT, the neighborhoods that have phone lines and DSL or have chosen satellite are considered “passed”.  (SEE MAP below)

  • “The major reasons found by the Study for the relatively lower adoption rate by low-income households include, often simultaneously:(1) the cost of broadband service; (2) the lack of computer ownership; (3) the absence of computer literacy skills; and (4) a failure to perceive value in broadband adoption, such as a clear impact on a child’s education or a demonstrated opportunity to advance employment or to address a major health problem.”
  • “Results from the Study indicate that broadband is available to City residents in their American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 neighborhoods, with virtually every household currently being? Passed? by one service provider, and 89% of households passed by at least two providers.  The study further found that in 2006/2007, the New York broadband adoption rate stood at approximately 52 percent – a rate above the national average of 47 percent in that same time period, although comparable to that of other major domestic urban markets, such as Boston, Chicago, Miami, and San Francisco.   Moreover, the capacity and speed of New York’s networks were on par with those of other American cities, and generally in line with best-in-class residential networks nationwide.”

The Terraces are in CT 510 and it says we have service under the definition of “passed”. Thus the question – does the term “passed” means no high speed service because the Terraces have land lines, DSL and Satellites?

Testimony of Paul J. Cosgrave, Commissioner March 8, 2012regarding funding from the Broadband Initiatives Docket No. 090309298-9299-01 New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT)

NOW SEE: June 18, 2015 DoITT Report Summary here

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  1. Passed might mean that our service was “good enough” to qualify as broadband in 2006/7. With the FCC’s change in the definition of broadband from 4 Mbps to 15 Mbps, we might be able to argue that we are no longer served broadband.

  2. In the June 2015 DoITT report the first finding is:

    “Verizon is not in compliance with its agreement since it has not truly “passed” all residential households in New York City.”

    Is there a source for the FCC 15Mbps?

  3. Found it…. AS part of its 2015 Broadband Progress Report, the Federal Communications Commission voted to change the definition of broadband from 4Mbps to 25Mbps, and the minimum upload speed from 1Mbps to 3Mbps

    Got it from The Verge: