Google brings Wi-Fi sprawl to NYC neighborhood

The free public service, which is being unveiled today, is said to be the largest contiguous Wi-Fi network in all of the Big Apple

 Today Google is launching free public Wi-Fi in the Chelsea neighborhood in New York.

The free public service, it was announced today by Google CTO Ben Fried and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY), is the largest contiguous Wi-Fi network throughout the city.

 When people enter the Chelsea neighborhood, which extends Gansevoort Street and 19th Street from 8th Avenue to the West Side Highway, including the Chelsea Triangle, 14th Street Park, and Plaza Gansevoort, have free access to a Wi-Fi available by Google.

 The search giant has been making an effort in New York for months to offer free Wi-Fi to residents. In June, for example, the company announced it was sponsoring Google Offers Free Wi-Fi in more than 200 hot-spot locations in New York City. Six MTA subway stations were also offered free wireless connections. Google also offers a fiber Internet service in Kansas City, KS.

 This time, Senator Schumer sees the deployment of Wi-Fi as a potential benefit of “Silicon Alley” in New York, helping the city in attracting technology companies



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