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Google Offers Free Public WiFi In NYC



Google has teamed up with a New York City neighborhood business group to set up the search giant’s “first urban WiFi network”, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The free public WiFi network will be available in a 10-block area surrounding Google’s New York headquarters in Chelsea, Manhattan.

The secured network can be used by other businesses, residents and commuters in the area—including a housing project with more than 2,000 tenants.

“Google is proud to provide free WiFi in the neighborhood we have called home for over six years,” said Ben Fried, the Chief Information Officer for Google. “This network will not only be a resource for the two thousand-plus residents of the Fulton Houses, it will also serve the five thousand-plus student population of Chelsea as well as the hundreds of workers, retail customers and tourist who visit our neighborhood every day.”

Google has similar WiFi networks at its main headquarters in Mountain View, California, as well as in many neighborhoods with Google data centers.

[via Wall Street Journal, image via Shutterstock/SeanPavonePhoto]
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