While broadband service in New York City is almost universally available - residential coverage stands at virtually 100 percent, and business access is pervasive - there is a gap in the adoption of broadband, particularly among older adults and lower-income residents of the City. DoITT takes a leadership role in implementing several programs to address the interrelated aspects of this gap. Through franchises and other agreements with private entities, as well as a variety of public funding opportunities, we are able to create large-scale innovative public services, like bringing Wi-Fi to nearly a hundred blocks of Harlem, creating computer centers for public utilization, and expanding digital access across the five boroughs. By leveraging both government and private-sector resources, these initiatives enhance the City's abilities to bring innovative technologies to residents. As part of this model, DoITT strives to maximize benefits to the public when establishing franchise agreements.
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By re-imagining existing payphone infrastructure, New York City is creating a first-of-its-kind communications network that will bring the fastest available free public Wi-Fi to millions of New Yorkers, small businesses, and visitors. To bring the best possible experience to residents, the City has partnered with CityBridge, a consortium of best-in-class experts on technology, advertising, connectivity, and user experience. The five-borough LinkNYC network, which will be funded primarily through advertising revenues, will be built at no cost to taxpayers and will generate more than $500 million in revenue for the City over the franchise's first 12 years. By replacing the aging network of public pay telephones with state-of-the-art "Links," CityBridge will transform the physical streetscape - and New Yorkers' access to information - while also creating new local jobs in the development, servicing, and maintenance of Links. Learn more about LinkNYC.
As part of their franchise contract renewals with the City, Time Warner Cable and Cablevision have partnered with DoITT and the Parks Department to provide public Wi-Fi service in nearly 80 parks locations across the five boroughs. NYC Parks Wi-Fi access is available on a free and limited-free basis. View a map of Parks WiFi locations.
Encompassing more than 95 city blocks, the Harlem Wi-Fi Network is the largest continuous public outdoor Wi-Fi network in New York City. The free public network is funded through a generous donation from the Fuhrman Family Foundation to the Mayor's Fund to Advance New York City and is expected to serve approximately 80,000 Harlem residents, as well as visitors and businesses. Learn more about the Harlem WiFi project.
Expanding the availability of public computer centers and classes in libraries, public housing facilities, senior centers, and community centers in the City's highest poverty neighborhoods, the NYC Connected Communities program offers an array of new resources, centering on digital literacy and employment support.
The NYCHA Digital Van project will offer Wi-Fi access, laptops, and printers. Vans travel around the city to provide New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) residents and community members with access to the Internet for a wide range of personal uses, such as searching for job opportunities, touching-up their resumes, and much more. Learn more about the NYCHA Digital Van program.
As part of its franchise contract renewal with the City, Time Warner Cable has committed to fund Internet-ready public computer centers in partnership with local non-profit organizations. 40 centers will be created by 2020. These centers will provide free broadband access to underserved populations in Time Warner Cable's service footprint. View a list of the TWC Learning Labs constructed to date.