Thursday, July 2, 2015
City Will Bring High-Speed Broadband to Digital Deserts in Brooklyn and Queens
City Hall may be stalled so far in its fight with Verizon over its FiOS deployment, but it is making progress on another front in its campaign for universal broadband access. The city Economic Development Corp. announced Wednesday the launch of a program to bring high-speed Internet access to so-called digital deserts in Brooklyn and Queens.
At least a year in the making, the $5.3 million public-private partnership called Connect IBZ will bring high-speed commercial broadband networks to three industrial business zones in Brooklyn and one in Long Island City, Queens. More than 5,000 businesses in the four neighborhoods stand to benefit....