NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that the biggest free public Wi-Fi network in America is coming to New York—specifically Harlem, NY.
Bloomberg made the announcement today, saying that the initiative—which will bring 95 city blocks free Wi-Fi—will be completed by May 2014. The network will reach from 110th to 138th Streets between Madison Avenue and Frederick Douglass. First, 110th and 120th will get the first phase of Wi-Fi, which should be done by the end of the month. Second, 121st to 126th will be done by February. Third, 127th to 138th will be installed by May. The program will help get Wi-Fi to about 80,000 Harlem residents and 13,000 public housing residents, including businesses in the area. “Our new Harlem wireless network brings critical connectivity to residents and visitors," said Bloomberg, "giving them 24/7 access to everything from education materials for kids, to information about Harlem’s rich history and attractions, to everyday needs like paying bills, checking library hours – or even just keeping tabs on the Knicks and Nets."
“Internet access is critical to New York City’s digital future, and today’s announcement will spur technology education, innovation and economic opportunity,” said Rachel Haot, New York City’s Chief Digital Officer. “This historic public Wi-Fi partnership in Harlem is the largest in the City’s history and will strengthen the community as it connects more New Yorkers than ever before.”