Free Wifi for New Yorkers…maybe.

FCC approves $170 million for New York broadband WiFi expansion.

At long last, the FCC can move forward with reforming its rural connection subsidies for the broadband era.

If you work in media, then you know that there is nothing higher than the Federal Communication Commission’s ruling on WiFi neutrality.  A new chairman was appointed last week announcing that his first initiative is to fund the Connect America program.

The program is devised to invest in broadband deployment and infrastructure in rural and under-served areas.

We discussed a little about free broadband services in the Big Apple before as provided by Link NYC.  Check our previous post to see how New Yorkers responded to free WiFi previously.

The first action that the new recently appointed, 34th chairman, Ajit Pai, will direct up to $170 million in federal funding to help ease the digital divide in New York.

Broadband has gone from being a luxury to a necessity for full participation in our economy and society – for all Americans. Broadband is critical to economic opportunity and job creation, Pai said.

The state’s new New York Broadband Program will be in charge of distributing the funds and insuring “ongoing oversight” of the service.

For that reason, the FCC has adopted comprehensive reforms of its Universal Service Fund (USF) and Intercarrier Compensation (ICC) systems to accelerate broadband build-out to the approximately 23 million Americans (as of December 31, 2013) who lack access to infrastructure capable of providing 10/1 MBPS fixed broadband.

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