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A Tech Upgrade For New York City

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New York City is getting technically upgraded. The city is busy building up its status as a technology-first metropolitan area. The city officials have announced five initiatives this week in the wake of the expansion of the booming technology sectors of New York.

The Mayor has announced the initiatives in conjunction with the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. The program is to develop the broadband access further and incorporate technology into the public policy of the city.

The first initiative is ConnectNYC. Medium sized companies that are housed in buildings with poor broadband wiring are likely to compete among themselves to get fast track wiring from the city.

The second initiative is WiredNYC. This is a program to certify buildings that will record and grade broadband infrastructure in more than three hundred office buildings over the next couple of years. This is likely to make the real estate market even more transparent.

The third initiative is NYC Broadband Connect Map. The city is to collect information from several sources to develop a dynamic map which will be crowd-sourced. It will show the speed of broadband through the city’s five boroughs.

The fourth initiative is Broadband Express. Red-tapism will be reduced to make the life of internet service providers easier to seek permits for street projects and other expansion operations.

The fifth initiative is CitizenConnect. This will be a public and private enterprise collaboration to motivate mobile apps developers to make a new software to help people of New York City in accessing job listings and other support programs by arranging development competitions.