The city's IT department is advertising for a Broadband and Digital Equity Advocate.
Broadband is an essential infrastructure for the 21st century. But for too many of our residents and businesses, service is too slow, too expensive, or simply not available. Fast broadband is key to economic and educational opportunity, it connects our world-class universities and hospitals, and it is the engine that powers our digital economy.
The department is looking for applicants who can develop strategies
To encourage broadband availability and affordability, such as: Regulatory changes; Development or tax incentives; Municipal / middle mile network building; Solicitation of private market entrants through RFP or RFI; Leveraging City-owned broadband resources (fiber, conduit, facilities, etc.) for commercial or public use.
City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) recently called for the city to try to get Verizon to bring its FiOS to Boston or take other steps to bring more competition and better broadband to Boston.