Since the FCC voted last week to abolish net neutrality regulations, California, Washington, and New York State have vowed to take up the cause. New York is one of the first out the gate. State Assemblymember Patricia Fahy—a Democrat whose district includes the capital, Albany—has drafted a short piece of legislation to introduce this week. It requires the state government, state agencies, and local governments (including New York City) to do business only with ISPs that adhere to net neutrality principles of no blocking or slowing down access to any legal content. Nor can they allow paid prioritization, or offer content providers premium-priced “fast lanes” for better service. “If you are going to be a contractor and want to work with New York, then you must meet the principles,” Fahy tells Fast Company. She hopes that this approach will get around a roadblock known as preemption. The Constitution generally gives the federal government final … [Read more...] about Bucking Trump’s FCC, New York introduces its own net neutrality bill
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New York City’s Lincoln Center has announced that the long-awaited redesign of the New York Philharmonic concert hall will be led by Thomas Heatherwick, one of the most exciting architectural designers working today. The announcement marks progress in a decades-long effort to renovate the hall, originally commissioned to British heavyweight Norman Foster. Heatherwick Studio will work alongside auditorium experts at Diamond Schmitt Architects for the $500 million gut renovation. Heatherwick, whose proposal was chosen from over 100 submissions, has a knack for fantastical, futuristic designs. He was behind the incredible “Dandelion” building for the U.K. pavilion at Shanghai’s 2010 World Expo, an art museum in a grain silo, and a roll-up bridge in London. Last year he was chosen to design Pier 55, a floating park on New York’s Hudson River. Originally built in 1962, the concert hall has been in need of updated acoustics for decades and was originally … [Read more...] about Thomas Heatherwick Chosen To Redesign New York Philharmonic Concert Hall
As SyFy’s executives have watched shows like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, and Arrow–shows that should be natural fits for a network built around genre programming–grow into ratings juggernauts on other channels, they’ve been working to refine their core mission and focus in on shows that embody it. If a SyFy network is going to remain relevant, then it needs to be a network that doesn’t just give you the same sort of genre fare you can get anywhere–it has to do it bigger, better, and further out there. advertisement advertisement As the channel’s execs have told us, if the mainstreamification of genre programming has raised the bar of success, it’s also created big opportunities and one of the ways they’re determined to exploit those opportunities is by focusing on the genres that other networks still don’t get right. And one of those genres is the one that helped put the network on the “prestigious, … [Read more...] about “Mad Men” Meets “Battlestar Galactica” In SyFy’s Ambitious New “Ascension”
Baby food isn’t as simple as mashed bananas. advertisement advertisement That’s what private equity firm director Angela Sutherland discovered while pregnant with her first child in 2013. When she wasn’t working 10-hour days, she was researching what a baby should consume during the first 1,000 days. Proper nutrition at the start of a child’s life, she had read, is fundamental to health and development. Sutherland recalls how the baby nutrition category seemed, to her, inefficient and overwhelming. If she tried to learn everything about baby nutrition to feed her child, where would she find the time for all that peeling, cutting, steaming, and puréeing? Her options were either spending hours each week in the kitchen or grabbing a jar off the supermarket shelf that, as she describes, “was sometimes older than my baby.” Or, in some cases, loaded with sugar, additives, and preservatives. Roughly 90% of … [Read more...] about Can Pricey Baby-Food Delivery Startups Crawl Their Way To Mainstream Success?
When you’re a kid there are a few conversations with your parents that could be considered “The Talk.” Among them are the strangers and candy talk, the drug talk, the booze talk, the sex talk, and the don’t-light-random-things-on-fire talk. All of these are pretty common–with varying degrees of intensity–to all families. But a new PSA campaign shines a light on another talk, one that depends on the color of your skin. In a new ad, New York-based youth development organization The Brotherhood/Sister Sol, and agency Saatchi & Saatchi New York, show us the police talk and how it differs along racial lines. Here we see black parents talk to their children about how to avoid potentially dangerous police encounters. The look on the kids’ faces says it all–should this really be a necessary in 2014? But recent events in Ferguson and Staten Island, and the untold number of other similar incidents, show us all it is. The ad ends with a white … [Read more...] about See The Difference Between How Black And White Parents Talk To Their Kids About The Police