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NYC Shores Up its Spotty Free Wi-Fi Offerings
by Karl Bode 08:20AM Tuesday Oct 01 2013
Last week, a firm by the name of Devicescape proclaimed in a study that San Francisco puts New York City to shame when it comes to the quality and availability of Wi-Fi, with San Franciso leading in most metrics, from availability of non-password protected hotspots to the number of businesses offering public Wi-Fi.

Almost on cue, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced a new initiative aimed at providing an additional number of free Wi-Fi hotspots across the five boroughs. From a city announcement:
Mayor Bloomberg today announced new initiatives to further expand wireless and broadband connectivity in New York City by addressing key challenges to ensure the city continues to grow as a global hub of technology and innovation in the 21st Century. Free public WiFi will be launched in Brooklyn along the Fulton Street corridor, BAM Cultural District, Brownsville, and Downtown Brooklyn; in Manhattan in the Flatiron District, along the Water Street Corridor and the East River waterfront in Lower Manhattan, the 125th Street corridor in Harlem and on Roosevelt Island; in Queens in Long Island City; in Staten Island in the St. George commercial district; and in the Bronx on Fordham Road, as well as other areas citywide.
New York City run Wi-Fi options have been a little spotty; AT&T does offer free Wi-FI in some locations, and Time Warner Cable and Cablevision offer paid service (30 minutes free, 99 cents per day, unless you're a customer) in roughly 32 city parks.

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New York, NY

Mayor Bloomberg today announced new

Never one to miss out on an opportunity to get his face in the media spotlight Mayor 1% makes another shallow promise. When he made the deal with Google on the west side I bet he insisted on making sure Google didn't offer their free Wi-Fi anywhere else in the city other than right around their NYC location. Mayor 1% likes his billionaire friends and corporations (Verizon, AT&T, TWC) more than the tax paying, regular folk citizens this would help. Empty promise Mr Mayor. Don't let the door hit you on the way out. One last thing... Hopefully Mayor deBlasio does indeed reverse most of your "legacy". A soon to be elected Mayor who thinks about other people living in the city aside from his wealthy buddies....

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How about the next mayor begin serving the underserved OUTSIDE of Manhattan. That's why the next mayor won't be a Manhattan/Wall Street insider.

Cable wifi is just about the only game in town when it comes to hotspots (and it's NOT free), forget the telcos- they want to sell data for as high a price as they can charge (typically $10+ a gigabyte). It also doesn't help if you put free wifi in places you wouldn't feel comfortable bringing your phones, tablets, and laptops while showing them in public.

Longwood, FL

Sounds Good

I'm fine with SF and NYC battling it out on who has more Wi-Fi spots. It is fantastic to see public WiFi spreading. The world is more and more connected and with caps on mobile data plans, many people are desperate to find WiFi. There is definitely a market for it and $0.99 per day is more than reasonable when you need it.