Harlem in New York to get the country's biggest free public Wi-Fi network

By on December 11, 2013, 2:30 PM
internet, wi-fi, new york, free wi-fi, mayor bloomberg, harlem, sky packets

New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg on Tuesday announced the launch of the nation's largest continuous free public Wi-Fi in Harlem. "It will provide free, fast outdoor Internet connections for portable devices 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Bloomberg said in a press conference.

Harlem's wireless network will provide unlimited internet access at 2Mbps speed and will cover "nearly 100 blocks" of the suburb, which is effectively the area from 110th to 138th streets, between Frederick Douglass Boulevard and Madison Avenue.

The network will be rolled out in three phases. The first phase, covering 110th to 120th streets, is already in the works and is scheduled for completion by the end of the month. Phase two and three, covering 121st to 126th and 127th to 138th streets, are scheduled to be completed by February and May next year respectively. Once completed, the network is expected to provide free on-the-go connectivity to approximately 80,000 Harlem residents.

To launch the Harlem Wi-Fi network, the city collaborated with the Harlem Children's zone and Sky Packets for advertising and implementation respectively, while funds for the project were provided through the Mayor's fund and donation from the Fuhrman Family Foundation.

The initiative is only the latest to improve wireless connectivity in the city. Back in October, Mayor Bloomberg announced new free public Wi-Fi networks across all five boroughs. In July last year, the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications turned payphones into free Wi-Fi hotspots.

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Guest said:

Its a cover up its a test to monitor and surveillance that region using wifi

Fbarnett Fbarnett said:

So companies that sell internet will be out of business?

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

I wonder how this will play into the Bloods and Crips hands...

Guest said:

Let's be honest here, the reason is so that they can track the minorities through gps and all wi-fi enabled smartphones. They're only doing it to make the cops jobs easier.

It's pretty handy when you have facebook or google and Apple monitering where the frack you are everytime your phone is on.

and this bull shit , toyota add that you have to prevent "spambots" is pretty lame. really it's not working and I dont want a damn toyota and never posting here again !!

andy06shake said:

It will be like the free Wi-Fi in McDonalds meaning it will only let you look at what "They" think is appropriate. Chances are it will also track your every movement!

Free Wi-Fi indeed, nothing is free people there is always a price!

Guest said:

Free Wi-Fi indeed, nothing is free people there is always a price!

Yup. And people think healthcare was expensive before, wait till its "free"!

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