Free WiFi access for entire NY City neighbourhood
NEW YORK (AFP) - A Manhattan neighborhood has become the first in New York to have totally free outdoor wireless Internet access, courtesy of Internet giant Google.
"All you need is a laptop or smartphone or other wireless-enabled device and a web browser to get online," Google's chief information officer Ben Fried said at a press conference announcing the free Internet access, which covers about 20 city blocks in the Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan.
The neighbourhood is where Google has a large corporate presence, making it a logical place for the massive free Internet hotspot for New Yorkers toting WiFi-ready devices.
"New York is the second largest Google office in the world," said Mr Fried, flanked by city Mayor Michael Bloomberg and US Senator Chuck Schumer.