OneCommunity Announces Launch of Big Gig Challenge 2015

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Cleveland, OH—Municipalities and organizations lacking the infrastructure to keep pace with twenty-first century technologies cannot compete in today’s workplace.  Until now.  Enter OneCommunity, a Northeast Ohio-based provider of ultra-high speed broadband, with its Big Gig Challenge Grant 2015.

Recognizing the need for broadband-enabled technologies, OneCommunity launched a Big Gig Challenge Grant in 2014 opening the doors for Northeast Ohio municipalities, public sector and business leaders to fulfill their broadband infrastructure objectives. The Grant program challenges organizations and muncipalities to articulate what they would accomplish through an expanded fiber network and compete for their share of the $2M-valued grant pool.

The Big Gig Challenge Grant offers winners a 25 percent match earmarked for construction and equipment costs.  First, recipients must qualify.  Applications will be accepted in three categories:  Smart Cities (local governments); Economic Development (promoting business attraction and retention) and Innovation and Programs (designed to launch pilot programs to leverage fiber in new and innovative ways including a focus on the implementation of pilot programs along the nation’s first commercially available 100 Gig network on Cleveland’s Health Tech Corridor).

OneCommunity launches its Big Gig Challenge at the Ariel International Center, May 13 from 5:00-6:30 p.m.  Recipients of the Big Gig Grant 2014, The City of Cleveland’s West 25th Street Corridor, the Village of Glenwillow and Lorain County Community College will present their winning projects and their benefits brought to their municipalities.

Those interested in learning more about the Big Gig Challenge 2015 are urged to attend the launch party. To register, visit http://tinyurl.com/ldtbssc.

“This is Cleveland’s time to occupy the spotlight.  With 100 Gig on the horizon, this is our moment.  We encourage those who want to move forward with implementing the latest technologies to leverage and reveal their plans for how we may sustain this momentum,” Lindsey adds.

*Winners of the Big Gig Challenge receive a grant worth up to a 25% match towards project construction and equipment costs (up to a total of $2,000,000

About OneCommunity

OneCommunity is a nonprofit organization based in Cleveland that works to expand high-speed broadband access and adoption to strengthen Northeast Ohio. OneCommunity’s vision is that advanced digital capabilities and effective use of technology will help transform the region and establish it as a national hub for innovation and economic growth. For more information on OneCommunity, please visit www.onecommunity.org.

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Contact:
Liz Forester
216.923.2240
lforester@onecommunity.org

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