Free WiFi for all in New York City
Bring it on-line
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg proved yesterday that he has at least one more big tech announcement to make before handing over the keys to the city at the end of the year.
The plan is to launch a completely free WiFi network in Harlem, spanning 95 of the uptown neighborhood's blocks. The size makes it the "largest continuous free outdoor public wireless network in the nation," by New York City's count, bringing access to 80,000 residents – a number that includes 13,000 people living in public housing.
The rollout will occur in phases, culminating next May, with five years of initial coverage currently planned.