Forget Automating The Subways, Just Help People Work From Home
from the broadband-everywhere dept
While it still seems likely that the transit strike in NYC will speed up interest in more automated subways, a much more immediate technology impact may come in other areas. There are plenty of stories about more people telecommuting while stranded at home — and that is getting people interested again in the question of more widespread broadband to residents of the city. Broadband Reports points out that the city chose an interesting time to move forward with a committee to explore how to expand broadband offerings in the city, potentially through city-supported efforts. The article notes that 38% of the people in New York City subscribe to broadband — but you have to wonder if the percentage of people who actually have access to broadband is much higher, by taking into account those who already have access via neighborly WiFi (often referred to as “Linksys, the free ISP”).