August 9th, 2013

ConnectNYC Fiber Access for NYC Businesses

When it comes to an Internet connection, faster is better. That’s why the City of New York is helping connect the City’s growing companies to high-speed Internet by providing free fiber optic construction to qualifying businesses.* 

If you’re a growing business that depends on secure and reliable high-speed Internet as part of your daily business operations, apply now at NYCFiberAccess.com through ConnectNYC. Select businesses will be provided with free construction and installation of a dedicated fiber optic cable directly to their office space.

Participating businesses must:

  • have an office location in NYC
  • have fewer than 500 employees
  • explain the anticipated impact of dedicated fiber optic cable on their business activities
  • sign a minimum of a one-year contract for Internet service at market rates with one of the participating Internet Service Providers in order to receive free construction

In the second round of the program, up to $14 million in funding is available for fiber construction through five participating Internet Service Providers, allowing businesses to choose their fiber service packages.

* The program covers the cost of construction and installation only. Applicants are responsible for monthly service fees at negotiated market rates.

Apply early! Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until December 12, 2013 or until the available allocated construction funds are exhausted.

December 17th, 2012

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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.

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