Call For Application
City of Albany
CALL FOR APPLICATIONS
The Albany Common Council is seeking applicants for insert number here vacancies on the newly established City of Albany Commission on Municipal Internet Service
Title of Position:
Member, Albany Commission on Municipal Internet Service -seeking 5 candidates
Term of Appointment:
City of Albany Commission on Municipal Internet Service:
The mission of the commission is to research the feasibility, logistics, and financing of creating a
municipally-run, citizen-owned high speed internet service that will provide internet speeds far
greater than what private companies currently provide and ensure such service will be made
available to every Albany resident and business, regardless of income level or geographic
location in the City.
Creating high-speed, reliable, affordable, and citizen-owned internet service has shown to be a
major economic boost in municipalities where such infrastructure exists. Providing this service
would also serve as a significant benefit in every neighborhood in Albany, particularly in
neighborhoods where unemployment and poverty rates are high. Affordable, reliable internet
access gives individuals, among a host of other benefits, the ability to more easily search for
employment, work from their homes, and take online higher education courses.
The marketplace for internet access lacks any true competition. Residents are faced with
expensive plans that provide sub-par internet speeds. Chattanooga, Tennessee serves a model for
municipally-run internet service. That city’s average download speed is over 100 megabytes per
second. In Albany, the average download speed is a little over 20 megabytes per second.
Establishing a successful citizen-owned internet service would be an enormous help to attracting
new small businesses and residents to Albany, which means a significant increase of our tax
base, more thriving commercial centers, and give Albany a major competitive advantage over
With significant economic and community development opportunity in mind, the
Common Council determines it to be sound public policy and advisable to establish the
“City of Albany Commission on Municipal Internet Service” for the purpose of
researching all the necessary elements of creating a municipal internet service and make
meaningful recommendations to City Government in order to seize upon this opportunity
and move towards quality internet for all.
Individuals appointed to the Commission on Municipal Internet Service will attend scheduled meetings on an as needed basis to develop a report that will detail any and all research and recommendations to the City of Albany about the feasibility of financing a City owned high speed internet service. The commission will make all findings and recommendations to the Mayor and the Common Council regarding the creation of such infrastructure, costs, available financing, logistics and feasibility.
Sec. 1 Chapter 42 of the Code of the City of Albany, Part 39.
Interested applicants must submit a letter of interest describing qualifications and their most recent resume to:
Albany Common Council
Attn: Danielle Gillespie, City Clerk
Room 206, City Hall, Albany, NY 12207
Tel: 434-5087 / Fax: 434-5081 / e-mail: Commoncouncil@albanyny.gov
Applicants will be interviewed by a selected committee of the Common Council prior to appointment.
Deadline for Applications: April 30, 2021