Google Makes NYC Neighborhood First with Free WiFi Internet Access
January 8, 2013 4:58 PM
comment(s) - last by
The new network in southwest Chelsea will be the largest contiguous WiFi network in New York City
Google is providing
free Internet access
to southwest Chelsea in New York, making this area the first free WiFi enabled neighborhood in Manhattan.
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.
This network will mainly spread across outdoor areas, like the Fulton Houses (property owned and managed by the New York City Housing Authority) and many local public schools.
“Google is proud to provide free WiFi in the neighborhood we have called home for over 6 years," said Ben Fried, Chief Information Officer for Google. "This network will not only be a resource for the 2000+ residents of the Fulton Houses, it will also serve the 5,000+ student population of Chelsea as well as the hundreds of workers, retail customers and tourists who visit our neighborhood every day."
The main idea behind providing free Internet access is to use it as a tool for teaching children, keep parents connected to the schools, and attract new businesses to the area.
Google is known for providing free WiFi in many areas. In 2009, it offered free WiFi in
47 airports for the holidays
. Last year, both Google and Microsoft were looking to get their hands on "white spaces,"
which are areas of unused airwaves, in the United Kingdom.
For Google, getting these white spaces
could mean offering free WiFi services to customers with its
as well as the general public.
The new network in southwest Chelsea will be the largest contiguous WiFi network in New York City.
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
1/8/2013 11:38:06 PM
We lived in an electric world. We relied on it for everything. And then the power went out. Everything stopped working. We weren’t prepared. Fear and confusion led to panic. The lucky ones made it out of the cities. The government collapsed. Militias took over, controlling the food supply and stockpiling weapons. We still don’t know why the power went out. But we’re hopeful that someone will come and light the way.
"The Space Elevator will be built about 50 years after everyone stops laughing" -- Sir Arthur C. Clarke
Google, Microsoft Look to Offer Free Wi-Fi in the UK
November 5, 2012, 4:28 PM
Google Offers Free Wi-Fi in 47 Airports for Holidays
November 10, 2009, 10:06 AM
Mt. Gox CEO Refuses to Come to the U.S. in Financial Crimes Probe
April 16, 2014, 3:50 PM
Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook Home Reception Slower than Expected, Social Graph Will Pick Up
April 16, 2014, 2:00 PM
FBI's Facial Recognition Database to Have 52 Million Criminal, Non-Criminal Photos by 2015
April 15, 2014, 2:56 PM
Microsoft's Anti-Google "Scroogled" Campaign May Have Ended
April 15, 2014, 2:44 PM
FAA Requiring All Flights to Have GPS Tracking System by 2020
April 15, 2014, 1:25 PM
Google Updates Terms of Service to Disclose Email Scanning for Targeted Ads
April 15, 2014, 9:29 AM
Most Popular Articles
Cities to Carpoolers: Sharing Your Car is Illegal, We Will Seize Your Cars
April 4, 2014, 9:17 PM
Taiwan's AOU Claims to Have World's Highest-Res. OLED Smartphone Display
April 11, 2014, 1:44 PM
iPad Exploiter is Freed by Federal Appeals Court
April 11, 2014, 7:40 PM
It's Very Likely Neanderthals and Humans Had Sex, Produced Offspring
April 10, 2014, 8:40 PM
Cops at Historically Troubled LAPD are Sabotaging Digital Recording Devices
April 9, 2014, 11:10 PM
Latest Blog Posts
Facebook Aims to Provide Internet to "Every Person in the World" with Drones, Satellites
Apr 1, 2014, 10:20 AM
Retail Mobile Sites Experience Outages in Light of Simplexity's Bankruptcy
Mar 14, 2014, 8:48 AM
Tesla vs. BMW: Who Has the Safer EV?
Feb 1, 2014, 2:56 PM
Justice Leaks Details of Next HTC One Two Flagship Phone
Dec 5, 2013, 4:04 PM
Global Cyber Espionage Concerns Reveal Growing Cyber Armies
Nov 29, 2013, 11:04 AM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2014 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information