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AT&T Launches Free Wi-Fi Service in 20 New York City Parks
June 14, 2011
By Shamila Janakiraman, TMCnet Contributor


New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and AT&T (News - Alert) Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson announced a five-year initiative for the provision of free Wi-Fi service at 26 locations in 20 New York City parks across the five boroughs.

In a release Mayor Bloomberg (News - Alert) said, “In May, we laid out a strategy to make New York City the nation’s leading digital city, and AT&T's generous initiative to bring Wi-Fi to 20 City parks will help us get there. New York City has the greatest network of public parks in the world, and we’ve invested heavily to expand and enhance them. Now, thanks to the terrific corporate citizenship of AT&T, they will provide an even better experience for New Yorkers and visitors.”

Stephenson expressed his pleasure on being able to offer the convenience and benefits of Wi-Fi to many of the city’s parks.

“AT&T is committed to providing the best network and best broadband experience in New York City,” Stephenson added.

It was revealed that AT&T Wi-Fi will be available free of charge to users at Battery Bosque in Battery Park, the north-end playground in Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx. The service will also be available around the recreation center at Thomas Jefferson Park in East Harlem. About 23 more park locations will be announced during summer this year, said officials.

Users can enjoy connectivity via their laptop computers, smartphones, tablets and other Wi-Fi enabled devices. This facility follows the endeavor of the Road Map for the Digital City initiative. This comprehensive strategy aims to make New York a digital city.

The digital city plan will increase access to digital technology to New Yorkers via Wi-Fi in more parks and public spaces by making private sector partnerships. This will serve the needs of individuals through federally funded programs, said officials.

Wi-Fi is capable of enabling fast connection to the Internet from portable devices. AT&T sources added that AT&T Wi-Fi at City parks will be free and from most AT&T smartphones and devices, customers can automatically connect and switch seamlessly between AT&T’s Wi-Fi and wireless networks.

In related news TMCnet reported that Williams F1 and AT&T have collaborated to increase the rate of vital data transfer from the AT&T Williams’ operations at the track to the technical support team based at its headquarters. This increase in speed helps the team to evaluate data faster and enables better decision making in the fast Formula One environment.

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Shamila Janakiraman is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Shamila’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jennifer Russell

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