Internet Week in Manhattan on Monday, May 19, 2014. Photo: Diana Robinson for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio
Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers the Keynote Address at the opening of Internet Week in Manhattan on Monday, May 19, 2014. Photo: Diana Robinson for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio
Internet Week in Manhattan on Monday, May 19, 2014. Photo: Diana Robinson for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio
Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers the Keynote Address at the opening of Internet Week in Manhattan on Monday, May 19, 2014.
Photo: Diana Robinson for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday that he will establish a broadband taskforce and push for more competition among cable companies, wrote the Observer.

He said it was preparation for the growing tech sector in the city and an effort to tackle the economic and digital divide.

De Blasio also said he would re-examine the citys franchise agreements with companies including Verizon Fios and Time Warner Cable to hold them accountable for providing the kind of service theyre obligated to.

Our approach is going to be bold and its going to be decisive, because we simply havent done well enough in this city, de Blasio said during an Internet Week keynote address to members of the tech community.

The goal is quite simple: We must have universal, affordable, high-speed Internet access throughout this city. Its as simple as that. And broadbands essential for everything this community needs to do. Its essential for everything we need to do to be a fair and just city.

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