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New York City is challenging small and medium-sized businesses to make the case for high-speed broadband at their location. Winning applicants will receive free fiber build-out to their business.
Small and medium-sized commercial and industrial businesses across the five boroughs are invited to compete for free fiber wiring.
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, an overall value of up to $7M for all winning businesses.
To enter, all contestants must obtain a signed landlord agreement providing ISPs with access to the building if they win. If selected a winner, contestants 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.
Submission Period: Friday, October 19, 2012 – Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 2:00 pm
Judging: Friday, December 28, 2012 – Monday, February 18, 2013
Winners Announced: Friday, May 31, 2013
Potential Impact of Fiber on Contestant’s Business (weighted at 30%)
Potential to Improve Broadband Infrastructure in Underserved Areas (weighted at 40%)
Potential for Industry Clustering (weighted at 30%)
NOTE: These judging criteria will be used to determine finalists. Participating ISPs will determine potential winners from a finalist list based on the feasibility of wiring the finalists location.