Archinect - News 2014-11-27T20:40:33-05:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/98969373/net-neutrality-lives-on-in-santa-monica-california Net Neutrality lives on in Santa Monica, California Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-30T18:40:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T22:38:55-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/02/02b8d20f8323a74f42990fc3ea066810.jpg" width="500" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Santa Monica will] be able to offer its residents real net neutrality, which the [FCC] is working on rolling back for just about everyone else in the US. [...] Santa Monica has cleverly and quietly been installing its own network of city-owned fiber-optic cables for years, and they intend to keep the net neutral. [...] Santa Monica has also made about $5 million providing internet service and leasing out the cables to other providers, and their competition has driven down rates.</p></em><br /><br /><p>The Federal Communications Commission&nbsp;<a href="http://www.theverge.com/2014/2/19/5425808/fcc-chair-announces-plan-for-new-net-neutrality-rules" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">recently proposed</a> that internet service providers (like Verizon, AT&amp;T, and Time Warner Cable) should be able to charge companies extra for faster service -- so for example, Netflix could pay AT&amp;T more to ensure faster download speeds for its viewers. This would violate <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net_neutrality" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">net neutrality</a>, the concept that aims to ensure that every companies' data on the internet is treated (and delivered) equally. Under the FCC's proposal, larger companies would be able to make their content more accessible to users, handicapping smaller companies from the get-go.</p><p>But what if your internet service provider wasn't AT&amp;T or Verizon, but your own city? Should city governments hold the reins of internet service, and ultimately net neutrality? It's not only a question of download speeds for the user, but of how local governments could use internet traffic data to change their city.&nbsp;If the internet were treated like a local utility, then perhaps city governments could more ...</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/98840693/world-s-largest-quantified-community-being-developed-in-nyc-s-hudson-yards World's largest "quantified community" being developed in NYC's Hudson Yards Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2014-04-28T14:17:00-04:00 >2014-05-06T22:13:59-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/21/2155cd5cd4c8f695603c2e6367b1fb0c.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>When all stages are completed, the 65,000 people daily who pass through the Hudson Yards&rsquo; office towers, residences, shops, restaurants, hotel, public school, and public open space will contribute to a massive stream of data intended to help answer the big questions about how cities of the future should be managed. [...] &ldquo;It really started from the question: If we could know anything about the city, what would we want to know and how could we do a better job at measuring the pace of life?&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/98610951/quantifying-community-hudson-yards-to-partner-with-nyu-s-cusp Quantifying Community: Hudson Yards to Partner with NYU’s CUSP Alexander Walter 2014-04-24T13:57:00-04:00 >2014-04-28T19:26:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/17/17e06d4ce00470f6b52430b4b69f4c22.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>What is said to be the largest private real estate development in US history is set to become the country&rsquo;s first &ldquo;quantified community&rdquo; as well. Hudson Yards, a 17 million-square foot [...] development on the far west side of Manhattan, will be embedded with technology to monitor environmental conditions, energy production and usage, and traffic flows among its soon to rise towers. The developers are partnering with New York University&rsquo;s Center for Urban Science and Progress (CUSP) [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>