Harlem to Receive U.S.' Largest Free Wi-Fi Network
December 11, 2013 11:48 AM
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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.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg
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Would be better off..
12/13/2013 9:25:23 AM
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 nothing...is 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 opinion...so you are free to not agree, but it's still a free country (at this moment anyway).
~Best wishes keeping what you earned.
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