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Google to offer free Wi-Fi to NYC neighborhood

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 09 Jan 2013 1:25 User comments (4)

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."

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4 user comments

111.1.2013 13:19

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.

211.1.2013 13:42

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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311.1.2013 16:31

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 ;->

412.1.2013 6:39

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

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