Harlem to Receive U.S.' Largest Free Wi-Fi Network
December 11, 2013 11:48 AM
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.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg
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