Enter the ContestSubmit your Video Entry for a chance to win $1,000

About theScholarship

At Knight Broadband our goal is to help provide everyone in the United States access to arguably the most important tool today: The Internet. Not only do we believe that everyone should have access to a high speed internet connection but also that the internet service they get is open and that rules for everyone on the internet are fair. This is why the concept of the Open Internet is so important to us.

With this in mind, we want to know what you, the students and future leaders of our country think about the Open Internet concept. The student who can create the best video answering one of the below questions will win a $1,000 scholarship. It's as simply as making a video answering one of our questions, posting it to YouTube and entering it into the contest by using either the form at top or bottom of this page to enter the contest by November 18th, 2016.

Be sure to check back as we will have a new scholarship opportunity that will be announced in January 2017 along with new topics and guidelines for another chance to win a $1,000 scholarship.

Rules of theContest

The Open Internet Video Contest Scholarship is open to anyone who lives in the fifty United States, the District of Columbia or any US territory who is or will be attending a 2 or 4 year accredited institution of higher education or graduate program and has a minimum GPA of 3.0 or equivalent.

To enter the contest, students choose a topic from the list below and create a video that answers the question or addresses the topic in a creative and thoughtful way that demonstrates the importance of the Open Internet concept. Videos must be 5 minutes or less in length and are required to be posted to YouTube publicly so that they can be reviewed by our team of judges. After the passing of the submission deadline all entries will be reviewed 1 winner will be chosen by our team of judges.

Create your Video

Create a video that addresses one of the topics below that is 5 minutes or less in duration.

Post to YouTube

Post your video submission on YouTube so that it is publicly accessible

Submit your Entry

Submit your entry information including your contact information and the URL to your YouTube video.

Video Entry Topic Options:

What is Net Neutraility Video Thumbnail

Net Neutrality

In Februrary 2015 the FCC adopted new Open Internet rules that helped to increase net neutrality by classifying broadband providers as Common Carriers. This included rules that prevent blocking access to legal content, throttling based on content, applications or services and prevents paid prioritization of internet traffic.

Question: In your opinion are the new FCC rules and regulations strong enough, too weak or too overpowering? Are these rules enough to protect the open internet and promote innovation, why or why not?

How YouTube Content ID Works - by YouTube Help
On Fair Use - by Chris Stuckman

The Digital Millenium Copywright Act (DMCA) & YouTube's Content ID System

The DMCA was passed in 1998 as way to help protect copyrighted works while limiting the liability of online service providers for copyright infringement by their users. As a way to comply with the DMCA, YouTube implemented the Content ID system to prevent the uploading of and remove copyright infringing content. In recent years many YouTubers have come out against the current Content ID system, claiming that dramatic increase in false claims removing non-infringing material is censoring their content and effecting their livelihoods, which was capped by the Where's the Fair Use? campaign in February 2016.

Question: Is the current Content ID system fair or no and should it be changed? Explain why the current YouTube Content ID system is fair and should continue or if it is unfair, explain how it can be improved but still prevent copyright infringement.

A Closed Internet World

Luckily, the Open Internet is still live and well today in the United States, but imagine if history had gone different. Image a world in which the internet was closed and restricted.

Question: What would the world be like with a closed internet? How would it impact media, education and your everday life?

Entry Rules and Guidelines

  • Videos must be no more than 5 minutes in length
  • Minimum Video Quality should be at least 480p
  • Videos must be uploaded to YouTube and be publicly accessible to be eligible for the contest - no other methods will be permitted
  • All work must be your own original creation and free of any copyrighted material unless full license and consent to use such materials has been obtained
  • Entries cannot contain any profanity, offensive language or other objectionable material
  • Only entries in English will be accepted
  • Limit of One Submission per entrant - multiple entries will result in disqualification
  • Must be 16 years old or older to enter
  • Entrants must have a 3.0 GPA (or equivalent) or higher
  • Entrants must be attending or plan on attending a 2 or 4 year college, university or graduate program. Proof of attendance will be required for any winner of the contest.

Tips for Making a Great Entry

  • Creativity: Take a creative approach that will make your video stand out. Feel free to make your video in a unique format.
  • Tell a Story: Videos that have more narrative and can communicate their answers in a way that communicate more to the audience tend to be received better.
  • Lighting: No matter the style of your video, ensure that your video is recorded in a well lit area.
  • Sound: Avoid shooting in areas or locations that have heavy background noise like traffic or wind.
  • Editing: Be sure to edit your videos down to clearly communicate your stance and view - use only the shots that you need to tell your story.

Submit yourVideo Entry

Submissions to the 2016 Open Internet Video Contest Scholarship are open until November 18th, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST. By completing and submitting the entry form below you (or your parent/legal guardian, if you're under the age of 18) agree to the Official Terms & Rules.