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NYC LOCAL: Tuesday 20 May and Thursday 22 May 2008 NYC Tech in Governmen

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Subject: NYC LOCAL: Tuesday 20 May and Thursday 22 May 2008 NYC Tech in Government Committee Meetings
Date: 19 May 2008 23:15:17 -0400

  what="official notice of two important public meetings"
  first-meeting="Verizon cable TV franchise"
  second-meeting="Department of Information Technologies and Telecommunications 
budget for FY2009"
  edits="removed some odd characters, squeezed some spaces">

 Subject: Tech in Government Committee Update
 Date: Mon, 19 May 2008 17:30:36 -0400
 From: "Malhotra, Kunal" <>


 I wanted to let you know about two events taking place this week.
 Tomorrow the New York City Franchise and Review Commission (FCRC)
 will hold a public hearing regarding Verizon's entrance into the
 New York City Cable Television market. On April 29, 2008 Deputy
 Mayor Lieber and Commissioner Cosgrave of the Department of
 Information and Technologies (DoITT) announced an agreement with
 Verizon to offer cable service throughout the City of New
 York. Currently, an overwhelming majority of New York City
 residents have only a single choice in cable television
 providers. If approved, the agreement would require Verizon to
 offer cable service to all residences in New York City,
 potentially establishing a competitive marketplace in an industry
 that has been dominated by single providers and a lack of
 competition since its creation. We encourage you to attend
 tomorrow's public hearing taking place at NYC College of
 Technology, 285 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY. The hearing begins at
 3:00pm and is anticipated to run until at least 6:00pm. As with
 all public hearings, feel free to attend and testify regarding
 your concerns.

 Also, on Thursday, May 22, the Department of Information Technologies
 and Telecommunications will testify before the City Council regarding
 its FY09 Executive Budget. The hearing will take place from 12:00pm to
 1:00pm on Thursday in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

 If you have any specific questions or points you wish to have raised at
 either event please contact me.

 Thank you,

 Kunal Malhotra

 Director of Legislation and Budget

 Council Member Gale A. Brewer

 Phone: 212-788-6975

 Cell: 347-461-4329

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Jay Sulzberger <>
Corresponding Secretary LXNY
LXNY is New York's Free Computing Organization.

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