Google CIO Ben Fried and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is announcing that the Chelsea neighborhood in New York City will get getting a free public WiFi network. Google has been very giving in terms of fiber and broadband. This network is expected to become the largest public outdoor service in New York and it will be the first neighborhood in the city with free WiFi. The network will be open to anyone.
Chelsea is a neighborhood on the West Side of the borough of Manhattan in New York City. This area is code-named “Silicon Alley.” Chelsea is also where Google has their New York headquarters. The network will cover the areas between Gansevoort Street and 19th Street from 8th Avenue to the West Side Highway. It will also include the Chelsea Triangle, 14th Street Park and Gansevoort Plaza.
This isn’t the only time that Google has been providing WiFi services across the city. In the summer, Boingo partnered with Google Offers to provide free WiFi at 200 public hotspots. Google is also promoting Google Play by teaming up with Boingo for a 4,000 hotspot service. Google made WiFi free in Mountain View, California as well.