December 19th, 2013


The NYC Broadband Map launches today! See high-speed broadband availability and express demand in your neighborhood if it isn’t yet available.

There are almost 2,000 commercial buildings on the NYC Broadband Map already, but that represents only a fraction of the city. We need your help to fill in the blanks about broadband capacities available in your building. Check out the map to create an account and contribute your information today!

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November 27th, 2013

.NYC Public Workshop

Join NYC Digital for a workshop and info session on .nyc, New York City’s Top-Level Domain. A top-level domain (TLD) is what is at the end of a domain name such as .com, .org or .edu. 

Date: Monday, December 9
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: Brooklyn Law School, 205 State Street, 22nd Floor
RSVPs are required through

With the historic launch of .nyc, the City of New York will become one of the first cities in the world with a top-level domain, creating new opportunities to support local businesses, organizations, and communities and establishing an unprecedented level of geographic authority in the digital sphere. 

Find out what is a TLD, .NYC launch plans, what .NYC means for your business or nonprofit organization, how to apply for a .NYC domain, and more. Visit for more information.

Please join us in this open forum around the launch of .NYC. 

Thank you to our co-sponsors: 
Brooklyn Law School, Brooklyn Law Incubator & Policy (BLIP) Clinic, and Center for Urban Business Entrepreneurship (CUBE)

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 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.

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April 29th, 2013

Walk the Web Carpet Contest


Want a VIP pass to Internet Week, personal tours of startups and tech companies in New York City?  Enter General Assembly's “Walk the Web Carpet” Contest at

April 10th, 2013

New York City Nominated for Two Webby Awards


Each year, the world’s most outstanding websites and media campaigns compete for The Webby Awards, the leading Internet award honoring excellence in websites, interactive media, social networking, and mobile. Once nominated, the public casts their votes for nominees in order to determine who is the Best of the Web in each category. This year the City of New York received two nominations and three honors — more distinctions than any other city.

In the Best Government Website category is NYC Service, which helped connect over 10,000 New Yorkers with volunteer opportunities in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. The New York Public Library was also nominated in the Best Education & Discovery Website category for it’s innovative community-based digital archiving projects.

The NYC Economic Development Corporation and NYC Office of Film, Theatre, and Broadcasting websites received honors in the Government category, and the NYC Mayor’s Office Twitter were honored in the Public Service & Activism category.

Voice your support by voting for NYC Service and the New York Public Library until April 30th, 2013.

For more information and a full list of nominees, visit

December 17th, 2012


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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September 10th, 2012
The NYCHA Digital Van is in the Bronx Today offering free Wifi & computer access until 4 pm. To find out more the van’s schedule, visit 

The NYCHA Digital Van is in the Bronx Today offering free Wifi & computer access until 4 pm. To find out more the van’s schedule, visit

August 8th, 2012

The New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) operates two Digital Vans, allowing NYCHA residents with limited internet access to easily and quickly go online to look for jobs, print résumés, and complete homework assignments right outside their building.

The vans are partly funded by the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program grant.

…John Gittens, 53, scoured the Web to look for law clerk jobs and to gather information for his personal dream — to build a community garden, “but on a massive scale.”

A 45-year NYCHA resident, Gittens called the mobile computer labs “the best idea they’ve ever had.”

“A lot of people don’t have computers,” he said. “And many of those that do, don’t know how to use them,” he added, recalling times he saw computer novices learn the basics from a Digital Van instructor.

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