Verizon Partners with H.E.L.M. to bring High Speed Internet to Manhattan Business Competition

| July 16, 2013

Verizon recently partnered with Take the HELM, a Lower Manhattan competition for developing business, by offering free FiOS Quantum for one year to the winner in the competition’s startup category. FiOS is Verizon’s super high speed internet service, which allows downstream speeds of up to 300 megabits per second, and upstream speeds of up to 65 megabits per second. To put those numbers in perspective, speeds at those rates could allow a person to transfer 10 gigabytes of data in under four and a half minutes, and would allow businesses to engage in live webcasts, videoconferencing, and access files from cloud services with ease. Verizon’s FiOS Quantum Internet service was rated No. 1 for speed according to

Verizon FiOS NewsIn its second year, the Take the HELM (Hire and Expand in Lower Manhattan) competition works to provide business startups and entrepreneurs “recognition and awards for contributing to the evolution of lower Manhattan as a diverse hub of creative economy.” The contribution of Verizon’s FiOS Quantum Internet service will support the winning companies as they grow and develop their businesses. The service is delivered over Verizon’s fiber-optic network, which is directly connected to homes and businesses.

“Our main goal through the Take the HELM competition is to highlight and enhance factors in lower Manhattan that will allow companies to grow and thrive,” said NYCEDC Executive Director Kyle Kimball.  “Thanks to Verizon, the startup finalists that locate in lower Manhattan will have the added bonus of free FiOS Quantum Internet service.”

For more information about the Take the HELM competition, visit

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