Manhattan's Public Access Television Station

July 2008

FiOS Goes Live Today

By Manhattan Neighborhood Network
Today Verizon officially rolls out FiOS TV here in New York City. They're having a schmancy ceremony at Grand Central which will be webcast (not on MNN.) As you may known, NYC granted Verizon a television franchise in the city back in May which was just confirmed on July 16th by the New York Public Service Commission. As part of the deal, Verizon will pay franchise fees for use of city infrastructure, a portion of which goes to fund MNN, which provides universal access and programming to all Manhattan residents (other burroughs each have their own networks.) Verizon has also indicated they will quickly be moving into web video: Web video over FiOS

Pleased to Meetcha, Hope You Cached My Name.

By Manhattan Neighborhood Network
At this evening's Unigroup meeting 'll be giving a quick summary of name-space and dns news including ICANN's Paris announcement on gTLDs, the recent hijacking of ICANN's own domain (and what insight this gives us into IANA operations) and of course the current flapdoodle over the critical DNS vulnerability discovered by Dan Kaminsky. Immediately following will be the main presentation on Deploying and Scaling Rails.

Hurrah! It's Network Mapping Day!

By Manhattan Neighborhood Network

Using Intermapper to visualise all the nodes of the network here produces a pretty picture, though logically it doesn't have a *lot* of resemblance to the actual network topology. It's really just mapping nodes. (Though I was surprised to notice it recognises devices by protocol, well, printers anyway.)

The crescent on the upper right are the existing streaming servers in the DMZ, although Intermapper is oddly assigning them staff network IPs as well. Hmm, I should probably look into that. And I will just as soon as Intermapper finishes... mapping our entire class B network. Of which we are using fewer than a dozen addresses. (Picture after the jump…)

Interestingly, it puts all the printers in their own ring (top left) which I at first had thought would be the server subnet. That's interesting since network printers aren't assigned by IP, but apparently Intermapper recognises them by protocol, similar to the way Growl or Bonjour recognise devices by protocol. (Um, yeah, there's a lot of Macs on this network.)

Here's the pretty picture Intermapper generated for our network. I was especially interested in how it would represent the cascading switches, but the actual map is...

Broadband Advisory Committee meeting next Wednesday.

By Manhattan Neighborhood Network
Next Wednesday, July 30th at 11:00am there will be a briefing from the Mayor's Office and Diamond Consultants for the Broadband Advisory Committee regarding the Bloomberg Administration's plans for bridging the digital divide in New York City. The Broadband Advisory Committee was established in 2005 with the passage of Introduction 625-A creating a joint public broadband commission to advise the Mayor and the City Council of New York on how the resources of City government can be used to stimulate the private market so that residents and businesses of New York City have more options in terms of high-speed Internet access. The goal of the committee is to educate the general public about broadband and the newest communication technologies, and to give New York City residents the opportunity to comment on how the digital divide in New York City can be closed. To support these efforts the Broadband Advisory Committee has held public Broadband Hearings in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, and Queens. The Committee will hold its fifth and final hearing in Staten Island this fall. Diamond Consultants was hired by the New York City Economic Development Corporation to determine the breadth of the digital divide in New...

Rule 23: Delete anything you don't understand.

By Manhattan Neighborhood Network
First thing this morning our new and most xlnt SA tells me he found the biggest offender on the staff file share-- meaning a single directory that's using up 10% of the available space (which is pathetically small to begin with, but that's another story.) It's a folder in our own department. "Oh that's just some stuff from Jacob" says our support dude, and before I can even take a looksee SA's blown it out. Because it's not like we really *need anything* from the guy who who designed the whole network infrastructure and current development plan, right? Thank ye gods for Restropect.

ACM 2008

By Manhattan Neighborhood Network
Just got back from a week in Washington at the Alliance for Community Media conference. Well I got back on Saturday but I pretty much took all of yesterday to recuperate. The best sessions at the conference were, of course, the Drupal one, and also the last session on Social Media 2.0. (It was nice that social media wasn't looked on as the red headed step child of the conference this year.) It would have been great however if the conference had had working WiFi so participants could have tweeted the session highlights in real time. That obviously works better than trying to 'summize' after the fact. (btw Twitter just bought summize today, which you probably heard.) I was mainly on the social media and technology track, but one of the main points of focus of the conference in general was the changes that 'PEG' stations are being subject to by the collusion of big media and all too easily bought federal and state regulators. In particular, the losses in all 20 states who were pressured into passing laws that further drain what limited PEG resources there are into already burgeoning big media coffers was viewed as a grave setback. Not included in those 20 is Hawaii where they adopted a new State level certification program as...

MNN Storms the Hill

By Manhattan Neighborhood Network



From July 9th to July 12th, Manhattan Neighborhood Network and hundreds of non-profit organizations and public access stations will be in Washington, D.C., for the Alliance for Community Media's (ACM) National Conference. The conference is being held in order to educate how community media and public access television can be preserved for the general public.


Due to new state franchise laws, FCC rulings, and industry actions, Community Media and public access television is in danger. ACM, a membership non-profit organization, will be working with legislators and government officials in order to ensure that Congress will take action in favor for public access and community media. For more information about supporting the Alliance for Community Media, please visit