Bill de Blasio on Technology

NYC Mayor; Democratic Presidential Challenger (withdrawn)


Break up tech giants like Facebook, Google, & Amazon

Bill de Blasio on Tech Competition & Antitrust: Break them up.

FOUR CANDIDATES HAVE SIMILAR VIEWS: Tulsi Gabbard; Bernie Sanders; Elizabeth Warren; Marianne Williamson.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren laid down a marker by calling for Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple to be broken apart, saying in March that they have "bulldozed competition." Warren said the companies should be designated as "platform utilities" and prohibited from both owning a platform and competing on it (think Amazon selling its own goods or Google including its own products in search results). Sen. Bernie Sanders said in July that he would "absolutely" seek to break up Google, Facebook and Amazon.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has also advocated splintering top tech companies. "We have to break them up," he told the Times. Marianne Williamson told the Times she has "no problem with the idea of breaking some of these companies up."

Source: Politico "2020Dems on the Issues" , Jul 17, 2019

Create premiere tech hubs, and create 4.5M jobs

After years of laying the groundwork, our technology community, our tech community reached a turning point. New York City is now one of the world's premiere tech hubs, and all those jobs are now here for the people of New York City.

The major new announcements from Amazon and Google show that the world's most innovative companies want to be here, and they want to hire New Yorkers.

Now, we have over 4.5 million jobs in this city, for the first time in history. Unemployment at a record low, wages rising. Now, all this has happened in a progressive city. All this has happened in a city that made sure there was fairness. So anyone who tells you that there can't be job growth when we ask for fairness--we're going to prove them wrong here in New York City. This is a city where we expanded paid sick days to half a million more New Yorkers. This is a city where we require businesses to provide a fair workweek to more than 300,000 people. Where we fought and won a $15 minimum wage.

Source: 2019 State of the City address , Jan 10, 2019

Keep MTA fares affordable via payroll tax

While City Hall doesn't control the MTA, it has a duty to help protect the affordability of our transit system. As mayor, Bill de Blasio will fight to protect the critical financial support of the transit system, including the payroll tax. He will partner with New York City's congressional delegation for a national transportation agenda that fully funds public transit maintenance and expansion, instead of fueling sprawl with unnecessary and wasteful new highways far from urban center
Source: 2013 Mayoral campaign website, www.billdeblasio.com , Oct 22, 2013

Create public Wi-Fi hot zones & citywide broadband

In today's economy, Internet access is not a luxury--it's an essential commodity that New Yorkers depend on to make a living. Broadband access in New York City is among the most expensive in the industrialized world, and only about half of New York households had access to the highest-speed fiber broadband services as of December 2012.

Bill de Blasio will ensure that affordable, high-speed fiber Internet reaches all New York City households within five years. The Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) and the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) need to introduce new franchise agreements to wire more city infrastructure and create greater oversight and accountability in current telecommunications agreements. Bill de Blasio will work with Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and local Chambers of Commerce to create public Wi-Fi hot zones around economic development hubs across the city

Source: 2013 Mayoral campaign website, www.billdeblasio.com , Oct 22, 2013

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