New York City Housing Authority & Google Fast Gigabit Trial (Request For Information) Prepared by Keith Piaseczny NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY - GENERAL SERVICES NESCO - NYCHA Exploring Social Communications Options
• 2/10/2010 - Google Announces Plans to deliver Gigabit Internet in the US.• 3/15/2010 - FCC announces sweeping National Broadband Plan.• 3/26/2010 - New York City Housing Authority submits RFI for Google Fast Gigabit.• 3/27/2010 - Google announces that over 1,100 municipalities and 194,000 individuals responded. This map displays where the responses were concentrated. Each small dot represents a government response, and each large dot represents locations where more than 1,000 residents submitted a nomination.
Google Fiber for CommunitiesGoogle is planning to launch an experiment that will make Internetaccess better and faster for everyone. They plan to test ultra-highspeed broadband networks in one or more trial locations acrossthe country. Their networks will deliver Internet speeds morethan 100 times faster than what most Americans have access totoday, over 1 gigabit per second, fiber-to-the-home connections.They’ll offer service at a competitive price to at least 50,000 andpotentially up to 500,000 people. 1,100 Local Governments Contend for Google BroadbandThey have requested interested municipalities and organizationsto provide information about their communities through a Request More than 1,100 cities and towns, andfor information (RFI), to help them determine where to build their 194,000 individuals have responded tonetwork. Google’s offer to use at least one city to test a broadband network that’s 100 times fasterAbove all, they’re interested in deploying their network efficiently than what’s typically available in America.and quickly, and are hoping to identify interested communities As the FCC pushes its national broadband plan to prioritize high-speed Internet asthat will work with them to achieve this goal. They also want to a “foundation for economic growth, jobwork with a community where they can bring significant benefits creation, global competitiveness and a betterto residents and develop useful proofs-of-concept that can have way of life,” Google hopes to serve 50,000a broader impact. For example, they’re looking for opportunities to 500,000 people through its experimentalto experiment with deployment techniques that can inform and project.accelerate broadband deployment elsewhere as well. To thatend, they’ll use the RFI to identify interested communities and to Technologyassess local factors that will impact the efficiency and speed of The Nationtheir deployment, such as the level of community support, localresources, weather conditions, approved construction methodsand local regulatory issues. They will also take into accountbroadband availability and speeds that are already offered tousers within a community.As part of NYCHA’s NESCO (NYCHA Exploring SocialCommunication Options) initiative, one goal is to enable ourresidents to have access to the broad benefits of the internet for abetter life and greater opportunities. This access will support oursocial communications and emergency notifications platforms. Itwill contribute greater access to job opportunities and the benefitsof broadband distance e-learning and video streaming. It will makethe lives of our seniors and disabled easier by enabling internetshopping, banking and fulfilling prescriptions online.What follows are responses to the Google RFI, NYCHA’s bid to getGoogle Fast Gigabit for residents of the New York City Housing Authority.The content and order has been slightly modified to fit the format of thisPDF with the addition of relevant graphics and images that were not partof the actual submissionThis RFI was prepared using an online shared document collaboration tool, Google documents, created by: Keith Piaseczny (project lead).The online document was shared by: Atefeh Riazi NYCHA CIO; Muthu Boopathi; Rudolph Kurkjian; Laurence Wilensky ;Tischelle George; William Blodgett;Anthony Palermo; Maria Sinopoli; Frank Debartolo; Carl Hafner.
Bridging the Digital Divide The Get Connected campaign was launched in late 2009 to develop online applications, technologies, social networking and emergency notification systems for the benefit of residents of the New York City Housing Authority. Essential to the success of this program is to provide opportunities for economical internet access for NYCHA residents, who enjoy access to the internet well below national average. This will open many new opportunities and generally enhance the quality of life for our residents. Google recently announced a trial project to test and deploy a new high bandwidth technology that has agreat potential to address this disparity and may support our efforts in bridging the digital divide. New York City Housing Authority presents Google with an historic opportunity to conduct this trial.Deployment NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY, the largest housing agency in North America, provides homes for 175,475 families, serving a total of 654,657 low and middle income New YorkersCommunity in public housing and Section 8 programs. Currently, we have approximately 19,000 units with full fiber optic infrastructure and unused underground conduit already in place linking campuses of building complexes just waiting for Google to open the pipeline in this historic opportunity to provide economical internet to hundreds of thousands of residents. NYCHA residents are distributed across 5 Boroughs in New York City, living in 2,604 residential buildings, 178,556 apartments, 334 developments citywide. 49.5% of NYCHA residents have total household income below the Poverty Line, 36.8% are minors under 21, 11.9% of NYCHA families receive public assistance. Median household income ($ per annum): 15857 Number of housing units: 178490 Number of single family homes: 236 Number of multi-family homes: 2368 Number of apartment complexes: 334 Average number of units per apartment complex: 534.4 Number of gated communities: 0 Approximate percentage of households in entire community that areTerrain currently subscribing to broadband Internet service: 40%* *estimate NYCHA developments are distributed across 5 Boroughs in New York City, the most densely populated city in the United States. We are a temperate climate characterized by a costal position in a naturally sheltered harbor, mostly flat terrain just above sea level, with the highest point 409ft above sea level on Staten Island. Average annual highest temperature: 61.2 Average annual temperature: 54.9 Average annual lowest temperature: 46.9 Average amount of snowfall per year (inches): 26.5 Average amount of rainfall per year (inches): 44.4
NYCHA-GOOGLE Broadband RFI - Bridging the Digital DivideThe New York City Housing Authority falls entirely within thephysical boundaries and legal jurisdiction of the City of New York. LocalLocal government is led by elected officials, the NYC City Counciland Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. Government Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg waited as he was introduced before an audience at Google’s office in Chelsea. (Photo: Chip East/Reuters)New York City Mayor Bloomberg had convened a Broadband AdvisoryCommittee headed by Council Member Gail Brewer to explore and makerecommendations on BAC findings which included Townhall meetings inall 5 NYC Boroughs. NYCHA also has a highly developed and responsiveCommunity Operations providing specialized programming and e-learninggeared specifically to the needs of our residents, with hundredsof community centers where residents can enjoy internet access,educational courses, computer training, child care, etc The NEW YORK CITY HOUSING AUTHORITY presents an ideal opportunity for this trial. We are local to the Google NYC office, we have extensive pre-existing fiber optic infrastructure already in place. We own massive complexes of buildings linked by our own underground conduit. Most importantly, we serve the underserved, over half a million New Yorkers whowould greatly benefit from this trial. With this application we seek to Bridge the Digital Divide. Local Employment Statistics: Number of high tech jobs: 316500 Local Community Number of manufacturing jobs: 230000 Number of education services jobs: 748200 Number of other service sector jobs: 555000 Facts & Figures* Colleges and Universities: New York University 41,783; Columbia University 22,655; St. John’s University 20,096; CUNY Queen’s College 18,728; Touro College 17,129; CUNY Bernard M. Baruch College 16,097; CUNY Brooklyn College 16,087; CUNY John Jay College Criminal Justice 14,841; Fordham University 14,448; CUNY City College 14,392; CUNY New York City College of Technology 13,502; Pace University-New York 12,912; CUNY College of Staten Island 12,517; CUNY Lehman College 10,922; Fashion Institute of Technology 9,938; The New School 9,659; Long Island University-Brooklyn Campus 8,174; CUNY York College 6,727; Yeshiva University 6,358; CUNY Medgar Evers College 5,550 Major Hospitals and Health Care Facilities: Bellevue Hospital Center, Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital, Gouverneur Healthcare Services, Harlem Hospital Center, Metropolitan Hospital Center, Jacobi Medical Center, North Central Bronx Hospital, Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Ctr., New York Presbyterian Hospital, Lenox Hill Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital, North General Hospital, Saint Vincent’s Hospital, Long Island College Hospital of Brooklyn, Maimonides Medical Center, Calvary Hospital, Bronx Lebanon Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center, etc.
NYCHA-GOOGLE Broadband RFI - Bridging the Digital DivideWhy This is an enormous opportunity of historic proportions for Google and NYCHA. The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) provides homes, social services, community services andNYCHA? numerous amenities to over half a million low and middle income New Yorkers. New York is the most densely populated city in the country, with some of the highest concentrations being within NYCHA developments. NYCHA owns the land and over 3,000 buildings in 334 interconnected developments throughout New York City. If NYCHA was city, it would be larger than the City of Boston, rank 20th in the US with NYC ranked first. We currently have thousands of apartments with fiber optic infrastructure already in place. We seek to provide our residents with the greatest quality of life and access to all opportunities that the internet makes possible. The Google fast gigabit trials will set the standard for providing high-speed internet to the masses.Google is interested inworking with communities While it is amazing to consider what one individual can do within which it can rapidly 100x the conventional internet bandwidth, just think what a hundredinstall fiber-optic facilities people can do with online access that they do not otherwise have available. The implications are profound and historic. Thisand offer ultra-high speed partnership will go down in history as a moment in time when theInternet access services. internet became accessible to the masses, to the population who will most benefit from this unique opportunity.NYCHA is NYCHA currently as 18,927 apartments with fiber optic networksBroadband installed: Each apartment has a home run to the rack and patch panel in the wiring center consisting of a composite bundle of twoReady 4 pair Cat 5e, two Coax RG-6/U, and one dual strand Multimode Fiber Optic 62.5/125 cable ready to deploy fast gigabit. We fully own this infrastructure.18,927apartmentswith full-fiber MANHATTANinfrastructure! NYCHA has thousands Fulton (11) 945 of broadband ready Jefferson (18) 1487 apartments. Numbers (right) Rangel (8) 984 denote number of buildings, BRONX Castle Hill (14) 2025 each development form Marble Hill (11) 1682 a campus of buildings St. Mary’s Park (6) 1007 which are connected with BROOKLYN underground conduits, Brownsville (27) Tompkins (8) 2367 Boulevard (18) 1436 either spares or room to co- Coney Island (1) Glenwood (20) 1380 occupy. Each building has QUEENSThe NEW YORK CITY HOUSING a stand alone infrastucture Queensbridge North/South (26) 3149 which can be connected Woodside (20) 1358AUTHORITY has extensive infrastructuralin place. Typical high rise NYCHAMDU is STATEN ISLAND together which fiber to form Mariner’s Harbor/ (22) Todt Hill (7) 1107eleven stories tall with 100+ apartments.Acceptable conduit path construction is a a digital campus. TOTALSconduit riser in the stairhall branching out 18,927into the hallway corridors with metal moldingcontaining fiber drops to the apartment door.
NYCHA-GOOGLE Broadband RFI - Bridging the Digital DivideNYCHA is within NYC jurisdiction, where specific permits andfranchise agreements are required for a multitude of fiber opticinfrastructure projects currently underway on city property. However, OrdinancesNYCHA offers a unique scenario in that we can help Google workaround city franchise issues by using our properties to deliver Facilitiesinternet access via our underground conduit or from our rooftops.NYCHA developments have extensive building to building conduitnetwork contain wiring for communicating from apartments,utility rooms back to boiler plants with a preponderance of spareconduits for future use. Spare conduits are now being used forFIOS deployment in some properties. The pre-existing infrastructurewithin each building complex offer quick unrestricted access tothousands of apartments. Deployment of a community-wide FTTH network will require Google to work closely with local government entities and other organizations. Google seeks to identify resources owned by the community that mayassist in the rapid, smooth deployment of a residential fiber optic network. NYCHA is distributed across 5 Boroughs in New York City with a high rate of development in all areas. Several properties - that fall outside of this initial trial - have landmark designation. Historical We have some developments with concentrations of Asian and Hasidic Communities. We Districts represent the broad demographic of NYC, the largest city in the US, & Cultural characterized by high population density and cultural diversity. Diversity
NYCHA-GOOGLE Broadband RFI - Bridging the Digital DivideExpertise Atefeh Riazi, NYCHA Chief Information Officer is fully committed to using technology to improve the quality of life for our residents.Chief Information Officer She brings new strategic direction to NYCHA,Atefeh Riazi is training and recruiting new IT staff to bring visionary perspectives and high tech talents to this agency. As founder of CIO’s Without Borders, she has a deep understanding of the importance of bridging the digital divide, in fostering the life enhancements that the internet can offer where most needed. NYCHA CIO Atti Riazi joined the New York City Housing Authority in November of 2009. Disparities of high bandwidth internet access falls along economic linesbetween the haves and have nots. Among low- and middle-income New Yorkers, it is well below the national average. Some talking points • Community-Enabled Education – High bandwidth with real- time shared content will revolutionize educational platforms, provide for distance e-learning opportunities and streaming video programming possible, live streaming collaborations, classrooms, lectures, access to shared content, etc. • Bridging the Digital Divide – The democratization of the internet, so that it is equally available to all, regardless of socio-economic status. Low and middle income New Yorkers are far behind the national average in internet usage. • Economic Growth and Job Opportunities – This will enhance business functionality, and numerous social media and professional opportunities for residents and small business startups. • Disabled/Elderly Access – NYCHA has a high percentage of elderly and disabled residents, the internet can offer new conveniences for an easier life. 35.4% of NYCHA households are headed by an individual age 62 and over. • High density population – we probably offer the highest population density over any other applicant for fast gigabit tens of thousands of people within a very close proximity. • Resident Safety and Security – High bandwidth enables use of inexpensive web based video security systems in public spaces and elevators and can support our Emergency Notification Networks.
NYCHA-GOOGLE Broadband RFI - Bridging the Digital Divide While it is amazing to consider what one individual can do with 100x the conventional internet bandwidth, just think what 100 people can do with access to the internet that they would not otherwise have.Get ConnectedAs part of our Get Connected campaign, wecurrently have live email sign-up systems up andrunning supported by community outreach andmarketing. We are in the process of collectingthousands of email addresses of our residentsto incorporate in our social networking andemergency notification networks. The Get Connected campaign is the first step. This poster encourages residents to visit the NYCHA website to provide contact information, an email address that can be incorporated in our social networking and emergency notification networks. Resources New York City Population as per American Community Survey (ACS) July 2008; The New York City Civil Service Sector Labor Market Profile; www.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/jobs/30training.html; Manufacturing A Sustainable New York NY; Civil_Service_LMP_July2006.pdf; NYT June 24, 2008 in NYC;www.marketingcharts.com; http://www.govtech.com/gt/articles/750498; www.broadband.gov; NYCHA Internal Data; www.worldclimate.com; MTC www. nymtc.org; www.labor.state.ny.us; www.nycetc.org; answers.com; www.w3.org
WASHINGTON, DC - March 15, 2010 The Federal Communications Commission made its National Broadband Plan public outlining specific recommendations for policy makers over the next decade to ensure all Americans get access to high-speed Internet. Congress asked the FCC as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed in February 2009 to come up with a comprehensive plan to spread affordable broadband access throughout the U.S., with the goal of creating more jobs for Americans, improving health care, and encouraging energy independence. The FCC task force, which has been working on the report for nearly a year, will present its 360-page report to the FCC commissioners on Tuesday and it will present the report to Congress on Wednesday. A summary of the report is posted on the FCC Web site.Connecting America: The National Broadband PlanThe National Broadband Plan lays out a bold road map to America’s future.These initiatives will stimulate economic growth, spur job creation, and boost ourcapabilities in education, healthcare, homeland security and more. - National Broadband Goals -Goal 1: At least 100 million U.S. homes should have affordable access to actual download speeds of at least 100megabits per second and actual upload speeds of at least 50 megabits per second.Goal 2: The United States should lead the world in mobile innovation, with the fastest and most extensivewireless networks of any nation.Goal 3: Every American should have affordable access to robust broadband service, and the means and skills tosubscribe if they so choose.Goal 4: Every community should have affordable access to at least 1 Gbps broadband service to anchorinstitutions such as schools, hospitals and government buildings.Goal 5: To ensure the safety of Americans, every first responder should have access to a nationwide publicsafety wireless network.Goal 6: To ensure that America leads in the clean energy economy, every American should be able to usebroadband to track and manage their real-time energy consumption. (source) www.broadband.gov