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NYC Central Park Getting Free WiFi

Agence France Presse News Wire (
Tue, 16 May 2006 16:05:03 -0500

New York's Central Park and a number of other public spaces will
become public Internet hubs starting this summer when the city's parks
begin offering free wireless net access, the city government said.

"We expect Central Park to be launched in July, and the rest of the
parks in the late summer," the Department of Parks and Recreation
said. Among those green spaces going on-line for public Wi-Fi access
will be Washington Square, Union Square, Brooklyn's Prospect Park and
Flushing Meadows.

Beginning in 2003 the city sought service providers to furnish Wi-Fi
service for the parks, but delays set in and only one park -- Battery
Park at Manhattan's tip facing the Statue of Liberty -- finally got
the service.

The city is also seeking a Wi-Fi provider for Dag Hammarskjold Plaza
facing the United Nations and for the Brooklyn Heights promenade.

A handful of small parks in the city have had free Wi-Fi access since
2002 thanks to private donors.

Copyright 2006 Agence France Presse.

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