Published on LinkedIn, March 17, 2019
by Miguel Gamino Jr.
It’s hard to believe that it’s been only a few months since we launched the global City Possible network together with our 16 founding members, representing a diverse mix of geography and size, at Smart City Expo in Barcelona.
Last weekend at SXSW in Austin, I — along with many others — was engaged in passionate conversations that hailed the virtues of cities increasingly working with each other, and alongside community, academic and industry partners, to overcome shared challenges and improve quality of life for all urban residents.
Published on LinkedIn, October 26, 2018
by Miguel Gamiño Jr.
The power of cities is the diverse mix of people, ideas, resources and ambitions that come together there. Every month, the world’s urban population increases by six million. That’s a number of people equivalent to the total population of Singapore or Toronto — moving to cities across the globe in search of new opportunities, new experiences and new possibilities.
This influx of new residents brings increased cultural and commercial growth — the very things that make cities feel vibrant and alive. It also comes with its share of challenges…
As part of keeping New York City a growing, thriving City, Mayor Bill de Blasio set a goal for all New Yorkers to have access to affordable, reliable, high-speed broadband service everywhere by 2025. We call this universal broadband.
The Federal program, Lifeline, was first introduced in 1985 to provide low-income Americans affordable telephone service options. The program lowers the cost of phone service through a monthly subsidy. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC), under President Obama, had modernized the program to address broadband affordability and to promote competition in low-income and rural communities.
At that time, I served on the…
While the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to kill net neutrality rules on December 14, 2017, I’ve said before and I’ll say again, where the Federal government steps back, Cities step forward to protect an open internet.
Just a week before the vote, Mayor Bill de Blasio joined sixty-eight cities Mayors and elected officials in signing a letter to the FCC in opposition to FCC Chairman Pai’s proposal to roll back the open internet protections.
On the day of the vote, I joined others on the steps of the FCC, adding my voice to millions of others, as a loud…
On December 14, 2017, I left Penn Station just after 6am on a train to Washington, DC. On a cold, blistery winter day, I joined the collective voice of the FCC’s own Commissioner Rosenworcel, house members, consumer protections organizations and many others just feet from the steps of the FCC to speak out against the planned repeal of net neutrality. And, while disappointing but not surprising, the vote went the way we didn’t want, what I said and what so many others said still matters. An open internet still matters.
Earlier this year, I joined the Federal Communications Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee’s Model Code for Municipalities Working Group. Being part of the group has allowed us to share our strong vision for the equitable deployment of broadband on a national level.
FCC Chairman Pai’s Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee discussed and voted on a limited set of recommendations from all of its working groups in a recent meeting. In addition, for the first time, the vast majority of draft documents became public and open for comments and discussion. …
On July 12th, NYC joined 62 other cities representing over 24 million people, in a “Day of Action” to submit comment against the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plan to repeal net neutrality. Boston, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, Seattle and NYC went even further creating educational web sites on each city government web domain, web banner promoting net neutrality, hyperlinks to the FCC comment page to help public comment and showed solidarity in our alliance.
I wrote about why we need to save open internet, explaining how the Internet as we know it is an irreplaceable part of our lives.
A few weeks ago, I had the distinct pleasure of meeting with over 20 representatives from New York City’s international community of Consulates General, UN Missions and trade missions for a global tech roundtable discussion my office co-hosted with the New York City Mayor’s Office of International Affairs.
The purpose was to convene NYC’s international community and provide an overview of how our City is leveraging technology to be a more responsive and equitable city, closing the digital divide, protecting digital rights and making sure that technological breakthroughs continue are born right here in NYC.
In many tech conversations with…
For many of us, the Internet is an irreplaceable part of our daily lives. We use it to consume the latest news, shop for essentials, post valuable photos, stream our favorite programs, connect with our friends and family and access important city services. We use it to read, view, buy, connect and satisfy the fundamental needs of our lives — online. Some of us also use it to grow our businesses, to provide information and services to our customers. Others go online to find jobs, gigs, and learn the skills to earn them. …
In my role as NYC Chief Technology Officer, I’m charged with meeting Mayor de Blasio’s goal to deliver affordable, reliable broadband to all New Yorkers by 2025. As we work to meet this incredible milestone, my team and I are acutely aware of the threats to privacy and human rights that come with internet use.