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It will cover 95 blocks throughout Harlem

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is looking to attract new businesses and entrepreneurs to Harlem with the country's largest free public Wi-Fi network

According to Bloomberg's website, the network will cover 95 blocks throughout Harlem, offering free Wi-Fi to its 80,000 citizens. 

Bloomberg wants this service to draw new businesses and entrepreneurs to Harlem as well as serve visitors and current residents, including the 13,000 people currently living in low-income housing and may not be able to afford Internet. 

The new Wi-Fi network will offer 24/7 access to anything from educational tools for kids and adults to paying bills to checking sports stats. 

Mayor Michael Bloomberg [SOURCE: Business Insider]

The Wi-Fi network will be rolled out in three separate phases, which will be completed in May 2014. Phase one will cover 110th to 120th Street (between Madison Avenue & Frederick Douglass Blvd.) and will be completed this month. Phase two will cover 121st to 126th Street (between Madison Avenue & Frederick Douglass Blvd.) and will be completed February 2014. The third phase will finish off with 127th to 138th Street (between Madison Avenue & Frederick Douglass Blvd.) and will be done in May 2014. 
The free public network will serve the community for an initial five-year term and is funded through a donation from the Fuhrman Family Foundation to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.
This isn't the first time NYC has received free Wi-Fi. Back in January of this year, Google partnered with The Chelsea Improvement Company and design/installation company Sky-Packets to place free Wi-Fi between Gansevoort St. and 19th St. from 8th Ave. to the West Side Highway. It's also available in public spaces like the Chelsea Triangle, Gansevoort Plaza and 14th Street Park.

Source: Mayor Michael Bloomberg

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Data Collection
By SuckRaven on 12/11/2013 12:07:49 PM , Rating: 3
A couple of years from now:

Records now revealed indicate that Harlem has been the latest in a massive data collection scheme on its citizens. Free. LOL. Free WiFi... LMFAO. (not the band).

RE: Data Collection
By amanojaku on 12/11/2013 12:19:24 PM , Rating: 1
I worked for the mayor's office, so I can assure you that there will be no such thing. The city's IT staff aren't competent enough, nor is the infrastructure well funded. If such a thing were to occur, it's already happening through Time Warner, which services nearly 100% of all Internet connections in Harlem.

But TW's service is so crappy, you can barely move any data across it...

RE: Data Collection
By Souka on 12/11/2013 1:20:17 PM , Rating: 2
The new Wi-Fi network will offer 24/7 access to anything from educational tools for kids and adults to paying bills to checking sports stats.

It would be awesome if they blocked torrents and p0rn sites.....useage would be down 75% at least.

RE: Data Collection
By stevend on 12/12/2013 2:07:03 AM , Rating: 2
It would be nice if they invested in a well designed infrastructure. The things you mentioned would't even put a dent on the throughput of a serious network. I download from the internet on a regular basis and 10MB/s is the norm not the exception.

By Jeffk464 on 12/11/2013 12:11:52 PM , Rating: 2
Citywide wifi plus a $2.99 skype contract means you don't have to pay a cell phone contract.

RE: hmm
By Captain Awesome on 12/11/2013 7:54:56 PM , Rating: 2
LOL, you got downvoted even though your idea is awesome.

Google Voice could do it too for free.

NYC better be careful...
By JediJeb on 12/11/2013 5:18:42 PM , Rating: 2
Or they will end up like the cities that have already been sued for providing wifi instead of making people sigh up with the telcoms.

Just waiting for TWC or Comcast or ATT to file a law suit like they did in NC not long ago. (or was it SC)

RE: NYC better be careful...
By FITCamaro on 12/12/2013 1:24:54 PM , Rating: 2
NYC has plenty of problems and stupidity to go around.

Would be better off..
By GotThumbs on 12/13/2013 9:25:23 AM , Rating: 3
Offering FREE coffee in Harlem, if they want to get more businesses/people there IMO.

I don't know the current state of harlem and it's sense of community, but if it's not safe and still has crime issues. No amount of FREE stuff will overcome that atmosphere IMO.

Typical NY political attitude IMO. Give away free stuff....and maybe people will overlook the underlying factors. Giving free WIFI is a pretty lazy effort IMO. How about rolling up his sleeves and work on bringing out of town/state businesses in....Oh yeah....NY is NOT an inviting place, based on its growing controls/restrictions over its residents.

Personally, I'd NEVER consider moving to NY or Cali, due to their business and social practices. Watch Atlas Shrugged to see what happens when your PC/soft handed approach burdens the doers...and rewards the non-doers.

If the reward for doing having someone else support and care for you....give you a free phone, food, and shelter...then whats the incentive to change your situation? It take more effort to stand on your own feet...then it does to have people carry you around.

It's the idiots who carry around someone, who is capable of walking on their own...if they chose to OR were expected/needed to.

This is my you are free to not agree, but it's still a free country (at this moment anyway).

~Best wishes keeping what you earned.

Fixed that for you
By Just Tom on 12/11/2013 12:53:32 PM , Rating: 2
The new Wi-Fi network will offer 24/7 access to anything from educational tools for kids, adults to paying bills to checking sports stats to rampant surfing for porn.

World Star Hip Hop...
By Arsynic on 12/11/2013 3:59:02 PM , Rating: 2
...better upgrade their servers and bandwidth...

Fraud and Identity Theft
By GodMadeDirt on 12/12/2013 5:18:47 AM , Rating: 2
Next of course is free fraud protection and virus removal.

By debracra435 on 12/11/13, Rating: -1
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