New York Times article The New York City mayor’s office has approved a plan that would make New Yorkers use the Internet to pay for their electricity.
The mayor’s Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO) has approved the $4 billion proposal, which would allow consumers to access the Web through a smartphone app, with no monthly cost to the public, according to the New York Daily News.
The $4.3 billion project is aimed at providing consumers with access to all of the city’s energy and infrastructure, with the goal of creating the largest municipal broadband network in the country, the newspaper reported.
It also would provide broadband access to businesses and residents, according the news outlet.
“The new city-wide network will allow people to buy and sell power without having to go to a utility,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement.
“It will also enable our customers to receive information about how to pay their bills, while ensuring that our city remains open to the business community.”
New Yorkers would also be able to access a variety of online services such as shopping and transportation.
De Blasio also has proposed establishing an independent commission to oversee the rollout of the program.
The plan is the latest move by the mayor in an effort to bring more competition to the industry.
In December, de Blasio announced a plan to privatize New York’s electricity grid.
The mayor has said he wants to “save billions of dollars in upfront costs, but do it in a way that makes the most sense for New York and its citizens.”