Google to offer free Wi-Fi to NYC neighborhood

Google to offer free Wi-Fi to NYC neighborhood
Google has announced it will be offering free Wi-Fi in Chelsea, an affluent neighborhood in Manhattan.

The company's local headquarters is located in Chelsea, and the 13-block neighborhood is very populous.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was in attendance for the joint press conference, along with NY Senator Chuck Schumer.

The Wi-Fi will be available to anyone outdoors, and Google says public housing units in the area will receive indoor coverage, as well.

Google says average down speeds for its free Wi-Fi will be 5-10 Mbits/s. The infrastructure needed for the project cost Google just $115,000 and will require $45,000 in annual maintenance. The company makes that kind of profit in just a matter of minutes.

"It's not very expensive at all -- just a smidgeon of what Sandy cost," added Senator Schumer. "The mayor and I said maybe we could get this done for all of New York. We look forward to the day when all of New York has free Wi-Fi."

Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 9 Jan 2013 1:25
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  • 4 comments
  • dufas

    With Google already predisposed to snooping into peoples private affairs, their supplying the WiFi and running it themselves will make it a lot easier than driving around searching for a random connection as they had done in the past.

    11.1.2013 13:19 #1

  • keebles

    all they are going to get is a bunch of people looking at porno!

    google's other methods
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACqI_nGN_II

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    11.1.2013 13:42 #2

  • dufas

    Originally posted by keebles: all they are going to get is a bunch of people looking at porno!

    google's other methods
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACqI_nGN_II
    Probably...but it is my porno, not theirs ;->

    11.1.2013 16:31 #3

  • Frogfart

    Free WiFi for the rich and affluent! Only in America!!!!!!!

    12.1.2013 06:39 #4

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