The NYC Economic Development Corporation announced yesterday that $5.3 million in high-speed broadband internet is headed for the "Industrial Business Zones" in Long Island City, North and Southwest Brooklyn, and Greenpoint-Williamsburg.

In these zones, many startups work out of warehouse buildings that rely on old copper lines that have degraded "significantly" over time, and "are leading to frequent and unpredictable service outages, especially in severe weather," said EDC spokesman Christopher Carroll.

NY Business Journal reports that these warehouses were largely ignored during New York's first wave of broadband installations, about 15 years ago. Back then, broadband providers were more interested in Wall Street and Midtown East.

“Companies 15 years ago [in Brooklyn and Queens] were garment companies, toy importers,” Alan Levy, co-founder of Xchange Telecom, told the Journal. “Today they’re tech companies, they need broadband.”

That, and trendy startups. The Long Island City zone, for example, which reportedly got $100,000 in city funding earlier this year, has a "very rich" mix, according to LIC Partnership President Elizabeth Lusskin. "Everything from cupcakes to concrete, 3-D printing to printed t-shirts."

A company called Stealth Communications, which, the Observer reports, also brought fiber optics to "Silicon Bowery" (yes, really) will bring those same fibers to South Brooklyn, in addition to outdoor wifi. While Xchange Telecom, which is taking care of the other zones, has promised 10 megabits to one gigabit per second.

These private companies are contributing a combined $3.75 million to the project, while the EDC is accountable for $1.6 million. The funding will cover installation and buildout to 500 commercial tenants, which will take place over the course of the next two years.

The EDC is asking individual businesses that fall into the zones to fill out an application. All four IBZs will hold kickoff events this summer, where commercial tenants will be able to sign up for service.