Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration Tuesday will make a request for information from companies interested in helping it expand broadband internet access, an action that could challenge cable giant Charter Communications Inc.’s market dominance in New York City.
The request, which is generally the first step before issuing a formal request for proposal, invites internet service providers and other industry stakeholders to advise the city on how it can reach its goal of having affordable, high-speed internet access citywide by 2025.
The request is meant to “maximize the benefits of competition,” according to a draft reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.
“We are utilizing every approach to engage with partners that share our vision to expand citywide broadband and constructively inform the process,” said Miguel Gamiño, Jr. , New York City chief technology officer.
“One thing we know for sure is that business as usual won’t work, which is why we’re keeping the door open to new ideas that will help us achieve success in this critical endeavor.”
John Bonomo, a spokesman for Charter Communications Inc., said Monday that New York City is “one of the most competitive telecom and Internet markets in the country, with a host of wireline, wireless and other technologies offering services to all customer segments.”