Why is the EDC holding the ConnectNYC Fiber Challenge?
Who is eligible to enter the competition?
Can I enter more than one submission?
How do I know if my organization is in an Industrial Business Zone?
How do I know which ISP offers coverage in my area?
Why does my landlord need to sign an agreement letter?
How do I provide a ‘Standardized Address?’
How will the winners be chosen?
What are the criteria for choosing the list of finalists?
If I win a prize, do I have to sign a service contract?
If I win, when will I get my fiber optic line?
What will the EDC and ChallengePost do with my submission?
What are the key competition dates?
How to Enter
How do I follow the ConnectNYC Fiber Challenge and get updates?
Who can I contact if I have questions about the ConnectNYC Fiber Challenge?

Why is the EDC holding the ConnectNYC Fiber Challenge?

New York City is committed to helping NYC businesses grow and prosper. Many of the businesses driving growth in the 21st century require access to reliable, high-speed broadband. Through ConnectNYC, New York City and leading ISPs are investing in the city’s future as a leader in connectivity and technology.

Who is eligible to enter the competition?

The ConnectNYC Fiber Challenge is open to corporations (including not-for-profit corporations and other nonprofit organizations), limited liability companies, partnerships, and other legal entities that, at the time of entry are incorporated, have been duly organized, and validly exist; lease, sublease, or own an office location in New York City; conduct business at their office location in New York City; and have fewer than 100 total employees at all locations (including outside of New York City).

Can I enter more than one submission?

You may only enter one submission per organization location. If your organization has multiple locations, you may enter a submission for each location individually. However, if you submit two or more submissions that are identical or substantially similar, the NYCEDC and ChallengePost reserve the right to disqualify all the submissions or require you to choose one submission to enter into the competition.

How do I know if my organization is in an Industrial Business Zone?

To find out if your organization falls within and IBZ, look at the IBZ boundary documents provided by the EDC.

How do I know which ISP offers coverage in my area?

Time Warner Cable Business Class and Cablevision offer coverage in different areas of New York City. To find out which provider covers your organization’s location check out the New York City Cable Television Franchise Territories map.

Why does my landlord need to sign an agreement letter?

Participating ISPs will need access to the building to install fiber and maintain equipment needed to provide fiber internet service. You are not required to submit a signed Landlord Agreement Letter with your application to be eligible for the ConnectNYC Fiber Challenge. However, finalists will be required to provide the completed Landlord Agreement Letter within 7 business days of being contacted as a finalist as part of the verification process. You are encouraged to submit your Landlord Agreement Letter with your application if you are able. If you have already submitted and would like to add your landlord agreement you may email it to support@challengepost.com.

How do I provide a “Standardized Address?”

You can get your “Standardized Address” by going on USPS.com and filling out the “Look Up a Zip Code” form. Your standardized address will be 2 lines and include a 9-digit zip code.

Example:
123 E 2ND ST STE 123
NEW YORK NY 10022-6742

How will the winners be chosen?

All submissions will be judged by a panel of judges, selected by NYCEDC, to determine a list of finalists. Submissions will qualify for one award category based on whether their location is in the service area of Cablevision or Time Warner Cable Business Class and on whether their location is in an Industrial Business Zone (IBZ). The categories are: Cablevision Award; Cablevision IBZ Award; Time Warner Cable Business Class Award; and Time Warner Cable Business Class IBZ Award. Submissions that earn the highest overall scores will become finalists.

Potential winners for each category will then be selected from the finalist lists by the participating ISP’s based upon the feasibility of wiring a finalist’s location and the potential revenue to the ISP. Please see the Official Rules for more information.

Winning free fiber build-out will be contingent on your signing a one-year service contract at negotiated market rates with the participating ISP covering your area.

What are the criteria for choosing the list of finalists?

All submissions will be judged on the following criteria to determine the list of finalists. Finalists will be judged by the participating ISP’s based upon the predetermined criteria. Please see the Official Rules for more information.

  • Potential Impact of Fiber on Contestant’s Business (weighted at 30%) Includes factors such as the Contestant’s business activities and job functions at the Location, the number of employees impacted, and the potential for increased productivity and employment at the Location.
  • Potential to Improve Broadband Infrastructure in Underserved Areas (weighted at 40%) Includes whether the applicant is in an underserved area with limited or non-existent broadband infrastructure.
  • Potential for Industry Clustering (weighted at 30%) Includes factors such as proximity to other Contestant Locations and the potential for scale economies in wiring a Contestant’s building with fiber, and the potential to catalyze new industry clusters by wiring the business and nearby businesses.

If I win a prize, do I have to sign a service contract?

Yes. If you are selected as a potential winner, you will need to sign a one-year service contract at negotiate market rates with the ISP who will be laying the fiber.

If I win, when will I get my fiber optic line?

If your organization is selected as a winner, your fiber optic line will be laid within 90 days after you sign your service contract with the participating ISP.

What will the EDC and ChallengePost do with my submission?

The EDC and ChallengePost will have the right to publicly display on the challenge website the name, description, image(s), and website included with your submission. All other fields included in your submission will be viewable only by the EDC, ChallengePost, and the judges. The EDC and ChallengePost will also be allowed to publicize your name on the challenge website and elsewhere in connection with the challenge, once winners are announced and for 36 months after its conclusion. For more information on publicity rights, please see the Official Rules.

What are the key competition dates?

The submission deadline is December 27, 2012, at 2 p.m. EST. Judging will begin on December 28, 2012, and will end February 18, 2013. Winners will be announced on or around June 17, 2013.

How to Enter:

  1. Create an account or log in with an existing ChallengePost account.
  2. On NYCFiberChallenge.com click "Accept this challenge" to register your interest in participating. This step ensures that you will receive important updates.
  3. Complete all of the required fields on the submission form, including the following information:
    1. the name and description of your business
    2. the business address in New York City for which you are applying for fiber wiring;
    3. your industry sector, a description of your business activity at the location you are applying for, and a description of job functions at the location;
    4. Total number of employees at your business; total employees at the location you are applying for;
    5. Current internet connectivity type, if any, at the location you are applying for;
    6. Anticipated Upload and Download speeds of internet service required for business activities; and
    7. a description of how fiber connectivity could increase jobs and productivity in your business at the location for which you are applying.
  4. Confirm that (a) you have read and agree to the Official Rules, (b) you understand that if selected as a finalist you will be required to provide a signed letter of agreement from your landlord to cooperate, and provide building access to an ISP, and (c) you understand that if selected as a potential winner, you will be required to enter into a one-year broadband service contract with a participating Internet Service Provider at negotiated market rates in order to receive a free fiber build-out.
  5. Submit your application online by completing all required submission form fields. You are encouraged, but not required to upload a PDF file of the hand signed and scanned landlord letter of agreement with your submission.

How do I follow the ConnectNYC Fiber Challenge and get updates?

When you accept the challenge, you’ll automatically receive updates regarding the ConnectNYC opportunity. But anyone can receive email updates by clicking “Follow”. Follow us on Twitter at @challengepost or join the conversation with #connectnyc.

Who can I contact if I have questions about the ConnectNYC Fiber Challenge?

Email Support@ChallengePost.com