In 2013, Accessible Infrastructure was captured as follows:
Regardless of geographical location, socio-economic background, or language, all New Yorkers – businesses and residents – need access to affordable wired and wireless bi-directional high-speed Internet access.
As clean water and electricity have evolved our standard of living, only “the right to seek and receive information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers” is a universal human right. While the printing press lowered the barrier for access and education, the interconnecting network known as “the internet” has abolished the understanding of capacity. Though this network, we are now able to connect, communicate, and participate as citizens of a global network.
For New York to continue to be a global capital of creativity, justice, information, and opportunity, New Yorkers need accessible, affordable, and regulated internet infrastructure. Access to internet, however, is only the first step of many. The construction of this infrastructure must be used as an economic developmental tool. In Red Hook, Brooklyn, the combination of a community-owned peer-to-peer broadband network and job training for local young adults has built a double redundant network. Together, access to the 21st Century is grown with lifelong technical troubleshooting skills.
This topic is a place to discuss what Accessible Infrastructure means in four years later. What progress has been made in the last four years? What new problems have arisen?