Time Warner Cable Business Class, a division of Time Warner Cable, chose the Brooklyn Navy Yard earlier this week to announce that it expects to invest $25 million in 2012 as it expands its fiber optic network to established and emerging business locations in New York City – including the Navy Yard itself.
The announcement was made at the headquarters of the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network (HITN) at the Navy Yard, where TWCBC is finishing a multimillion-dollar investment to provide fiber-based solutions to tenants of the 300-acre business complex.
Tim Warner also announced that the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation will receive a state-of-the-art Time Warner Cable Learning Lab in its Employment Center, located inside the massive complex and accessible to the public.
The company’s fiber network enables businesses to be connected to a dedicated Internet network that provides speeds that reach 1 gigabyte per second and faster, and have their voice, Ethernet, TV, and video transport solutions delivered over high-bandwidth fiber for increased speed and reliability.
“Time Warner Cable’s investment reflects the growing need for increased technology and speed for the 275 existing and growing businesses in the Yard. With this growth, comes jobs and the Learning Lab grant will support our efforts to prepare local residents for jobs in the Navy Yard,” said Andrew Kimball, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation.
"Today's announcement is yet another sign of the Navy Yard's continued success. Fiber optics and the Learning Lab will both allow the Navy Yard to continue to grow and help support the jobs our community needs," said Sen. Daniel Squadron (D-Downtown Brooklyn/Lower Manhattan).
Assemblyman Joseph R. Lentol (D-Greenpoint/Williamsburg) said, “With all the technology start-ups emerging in Brooklyn, Time Warner Cable Business Class has made the right decision by investing in the expansion of the fiber optic network. Laying down this cutting-edge infrastructure will definitely attract more businesses to Brooklyn, and as result, create more jobs.”
Borough President Marty Markowitz added, “We’ve certainly come a long way since 1907, when the USS Dolphin—docked at the Navy Yard—was part of the first transmission of a singing voice over an arc radiotelephone. From the early days of wireless to the fiber optics of today, Brooklyn has been evolutionary—and revolutionary—in the way we communicate with the world.”
In Brooklyn, Time Warner Cable is making investments to serve the borough’s business community. In addition to building out fiber at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, Time Warner is making investments to serve other business locations such as Brooklyn Tech Triangle, the Brooklyn Army Terminal and Industry City, in addition to other business locations.
Time Warner Cable Business Class also announced that a Time Warner Cable Learning Lab will be located at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Learning Labs are state-of-the-art technology centers that provide the public with free access to computers and high-speed Internet. The Learning Lab is scheduled to open later this year and will be part of the Navy Yard’s onsite Employment Center, located in Building 92.
The Lab will be a boon to local residents who are encouraged to visit for job training and placement services, as will help connect residents to employers with jobs inside the complex.
Another Learning Lab opened earlier this month at Good Shepherd Services in Park Slope. Time Warner Cable has opened six Labs in New York City and plans to open have 40 such facilities open during the next several years.