ConnectNYC Update: A Demand for Fiber from NYC Businesses
NYCEDC received over 100 submissions to the ConnectNYC Fiber Challenge, a program awarding small and medium-sized businesses and organizations with free build-out of fiber internet connectivity directly to their place of business. The applicants reflect New York City’s diverse suite of industries—with submissions ranging from manufacturing companies, co-working spaces, and incubators to arts and nonprofit organizations and technology companies. Furthermore, the call for fiber build-out rang from each of the five boroughs, highlighting the demand for fiber infrastructure expansion throughout the entire City. Read our competition update.
Why Broadband Is Good for Business
There are just 10 days left to get in your application for the ConnectNYC Fiber Challenge.
As the submission period comes to a close, we want to emphasize the importance of high-speed broadband and the impact that it can have on businesses in New York City.
Improving the city’s broadband infrastructure
Here’s a short paragraph on why the ConnectNYC Fiber Challenge is important, in the words of venture capitalist Fred Wilson. (If you haven’t read Fred’s full blog post on the ConnectNYC Fiber Challenge, definitely check it out.)
“In addition to getting a lot of local businesses high speed broadband, this contest will also give an indication to the city and local ISPs of where the most important neighborhoods are for broadband buildout. We spend a lot of time with our portfolio companies dealing with infrastructure issues around real estate and broadband and I can tell you that this is big problem in NYC. Companies that want to move to low cost neighborhoods with interesting buildings like Red Hook, Gowanus, Vinegar Hill, the Greenpoint waterfront, Long Island City, and other similar places simply cannot do that due to the lack of good broadband. If the city wants to see these neighborhoods emerge commercially, they will need to deal with the broadband problem. ConnectNYC is a nice way to get going on the problem.”
NYCEDC President Seth Pinsky agrees:
“In recent years, New York City has emerged as a global hub of technology and innovation. The ConnectNYC competition is the next important step in our efforts to build upon this momentum, expanding broadband connectivity across the City and ensuring that our broadband infrastructure meets the needs of our businesses throughout the 21st Century.”
If your business could benefit from faster internet, we urge you to enter the ConnectNYC Fiber Challenge (and spread the word to your friends)! If you haven’t already, take a look at the submission form and start drafting your answers today.
“Time to re-own the phone!” Have ideas on how New York City can reinvent payphones to create a safer, more sustainable, accessible and informed city? Submit your payphone prototype by February 18th and you could help shape the City’s future. Find out more.
Recently, Mayor Bloomberg and Chief Digital Officer Rachel Haot launched the Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge at the New York Tech Meetup. If you missed the meetup, you can still watch the video of the launch here.
Can your NYC business benefit from free high-speed fiber broadband build-out? We’re talking about reliable, steady internet access with connectivity speeds hundreds of times faster than Cable and DSL.
Take the first steps to getting fiber for your business by applying by Thursday, December 27 to the ConnectNYC Fiber Challenge, one of the City’s initiatives in partnership with Time Warner Cable and Optimum Online (Cablevision) to upgrade buildings across the five boroughs with free fiber optic wiring.
It’s simple to enter:
1. Accept the challenge at http://nycfiberchallenge.com
2. Complete all of the required fields on the submission form, including the following:
- Basic information about the business;
- Description of current internet connectivity;
- Anticipated upload and download speeds required for business activities; and
- A description of how fiber connectivity could increase jobs and productivity in the business at the location.
ConnectNYC Fiber Challenge
NYCEDC is pleased to announce the ConnectNYC Fiber Challenge, a competition for small and medium-sized commercial and industrial businesses with fewer than 100 employees to win free high-speed fiber broadband build-out to their business.
Many of the businesses driving growth in the 21st century require access to reliable, high-speed broadband. Through ConnectNYC, New York City and leading Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are investing in the city’s future as a leader in connectivity and technology.
Contestants demonstrating the highest potential impact of fiber connectivity – on their own business, nearby businesses, and underserved areas – will become finalists. Finalists will have a chance to win a free build-out of fiber internet connectivity to their place of business. Potential winners will be required to sign a one-year service contract with a participating ISP at negotiated market rates before they are eligible to receive a free fiber build-out.
Apply now for this exciting opportunity! The submission period runs through Tuesday, November 27, 2012. To enter the contest, visit NYCFiberChallenge.com to find out more.
Broadband is the infrastructure of the modern age, and a basic necessity not just for tech businesses, but for every business.
So said NYC Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Robert K. Steel, who yesterday announced the City’s suite of new initiatives to expand New York City’s broadband connectivity and ensure that NYC further establishes its leadership position in connectivity and technology for the 21st century.
Designed to capitalize on the growth currently taking place within the City’s technology sector by addressing critical ongoing challenges, the initiatives include a competition to build out fiber wiring for commercial and industrial buildings; a grading program for connectivity in New York City buildings; a crowd-sourced digital map highlighting wired buildings citywide; a streamlined process for broadband-related permitting as well as exploring the streamlining of regulatory issues; and a competition to develop mobile applications to help residents access critical services provided by the City and community-based organizations.
Collectively, these initiatives, which were developed in partnership with NYCEDC and the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, are expected to lead to hundreds of buildings being wired for state-of-the-art connectivity in the next two years, tens of thousands of permits issued through more efficient and streamlined processes, thousands of buildings being certified and placed on the City’s digital map, and a significant increase in online resources for thousands of residents of the five boroughs. Read more on NYCEDC’s blog.