March 7, 2013 By News Staff
NYFi is designed as an interactive portal to public information, goods and services; a hub for free wireless Internet access; and an open infrastructure for future applications.
Original story, March 7, 2013: The finalists for New York City's Reinvent Payphones design challenge -- a city-backed effort to inject new life into the 11,000 payphones located throughout the city -- were announced Wednesday, March 6.
The contract for these 11,000 payphones is set to expire and renew in October 2014, according to engadget, so the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) launched the design challenge to get ideas on how to replace them.
All over the country, community leaders are looking to boost economic development through various initiatives. One key element in many of those initiatives is the use of information technology. When local governments build IT infrastructure, create e-government applications, assist high-tech startups or otherwise focus on technology, they create conditions that draw businesses to their communities and help retain skilled workers. This paper discusses and provides examples of these various ways local government can use technology to ultimately make a community more attractive to businesses, visitors and residents.