NEW YORK – Google and The Chelsea Improvement Company, a nonprofit neighborhood redevelopment corporation, have announced they have partnered to provide free public WiFi internet access in southwest Chelsea, which will provide free Internet access to hundreds of thousands of people each year. It will become the first wired neighborhood in Manhattan and the largest contiguous WiFi network in New York City.
Free WiFi is now available outdoors, roughly between Gansevoort St. and 19 St. from 8th Ave to the West Side Highway, as well as the neighborhoodâ€™s public spaces, including the Chelsea Triangle, 14th Street Park, and Gansevoort Plaza. The Chelsea WiFi Network was designed and installed by Sky-Packets.
The Mayorâ€™s office and the City of New Yorkâ€™s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications worked with Google and Chelsea Improvement Company to transform the two companiesâ€™ aspirations into a reality, advising them on installation.
â€œThis network will not only be a resource for the 2000+ residents of the Fulton Houses, it will also serve the 5,000+ student population of Chelsea as well as the hundreds of workers, retail customers and tourists who visit our neighborhood every day,â€ said Ben Fried, chief information officer for Google. The network will cover all of the outdoor areas of the Fulton Houses, a property owned and managed by the New York City Housing Authority, as well as several of the local public schools.
â€œNew York is determined to become the worldâ€™s leading digital city, and universal access to high-speed Internet is one the core building blocks of that vision,â€ said Mayor Bloomberg. â€œThanks to Google, free WiFi across this part of Chelsea takes us another step closer to that goal.â€