New York (AP) – New York City is set to announce new hires in the telecom engineering field, as the city moves to ramp up its tech infrastructure, with an estimated 10,500 tech jobs slated to be created by 2020.
The announcement Tuesday by Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said he hopes to bring up the numbers in a speech Thursday, is a step toward improving the city’s tech economy and a boost for companies that are eager to hire more tech workers.
The mayor said the announcement will help companies like Uber, Lyft and Airbnb, which have struggled with a shortage of talent.
The city is expected to spend about $500 million to hire engineers to build and support its broadband infrastructure over the next 10 years.
The plan calls for creating up to 1,000 full-time positions by 2020, but the number could be much higher.
“Our job is to get our workforce here,” de Blasio said at a news conference.
“If we don’t have the right talent and the right resources, our city and our state are not going to get the jobs.”
In addition to hiring engineers, the city is also seeking out people with relevant technical skills and experience in telecommunications.
They will be expected to work on issues related to infrastructure, communications and telecommunications technology.
The plan also calls for adding another 15,000 people in the coming years to the citywide network of fiber optic cables and other fiber-optic equipment.
The goal is to have 1.4 million people using the network by 2025, up from 1.1 million today.
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, center, speaks during a news briefing on the New York Stock Exchange in New York, Wednesday, May 18, 2021.
New York is preparing to launch its first commercial internet service this year, which is set for a rollout in 2021.
New Yorkers could see a boost in jobs by hiring engineers who will work on areas including broadband, IT, infrastructure and communications.
Newyork Mayor Bill Koch said the city had already invested $1 billion in new tech infrastructure and was looking for more.
“New York is the largest metro area in the world that has not been able to achieve a high-speed internet service, so we’re investing in the city to be the next leader in this area,” Koch said.
“The fact that New York now has a great tech base and a great infrastructure is something that the world is going to want to follow, and we want New York as a place to be.”
De Blasio’s announcement came after New York Mayor Bill Bill de Blasio and the City Council approved a plan to build a new network of 100 gigabit high-definition broadband fiber optic cable lines, and a second fiber optic fiber cable system that will connect the two cities.
The two companies, which are not publicly traded, are expected to build the cable systems.
The council approved the plan on Wednesday, along with a bill to fund construction of the networks.
The mayor also signed legislation to create a new cybersecurity task force.
De Blasio said the new network will allow the city “to meet our ambitious goals of achieving 100 percent internet adoption by 2025.”
The city will have the capacity to connect about 20 percent of New Yorkers by the end of 2020, and the company will work to increase the speed of those connections, according to a statement from Koch.