New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced yesterday that the city of Harlem would be getting the largest free public WiFi in the U.S. The network is expected to extend 95 blocks and provide free WiFi to the 80,000 residents there. Around 13,000 people live in public housing there. The WiFi will stretch from 110th Street to 138th Street between Frederick Douglass Boulevard and Madison Avenue. The WiFi will be rolled out in three phases starting in May.
?Our new Harlem wireless network brings critical connectivity to residents and visitors, giving them 24/7 access to everything from education materials for kids, to information about Harlem?s rich history and attractions, to everyday needs like paying bills, checking library hours ? or even just keeping tabs on the Knicks and Nets,? stated Mayor Bloomberg.
This network will be funded by a donation through the Fuhrman Family Foundation to the Mayor?s Fund to Advance New York City. The Harlem Children?s Zone?s high school students are being asked to create a name and logo for the network this month.