new york: free wifi network

in a bold move to help bridge its residents the digital divide, new york city's mayor michael bloomberg announced the launch of a new and free outdoor public wifi network in harlem, a deprived neighbourhood in upper manhattan. the wifi network will extend 95 city blocks, from 110th to 138th streets and between frederick douglass boulevard and madison avenue, making it the largest continuous free outdoor public wireless network nationwide. the new network will be rolled out in three phases and increase digital access for approximately 80,000 harlem residents, including 13,000 public housing residents, as well as businesses and visitors to the neighbourhood. it'll serve the local community for an initial five-year term and is funded through a donation from the fuhrman family foundation to the mayor’s fund to advance new york city. the first phase extends from 110th to 120th streets and between frederick douglass boulevard and madison avenue, and is currently underway while the remaining phases will be completed by may of next year. 

photo: manhattan skyline