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Free Public WiFi Coverage Is Coming To The Flatiron District

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The tech sector has the potential to be one of society’s great levelers.

Digital technology gives anyone access to and a voice in any part of the world--- regardless of who they are or where they’re from.

Of course, a reliable internet connection is fundamental to entering that world. Yet in many parts of our city, access to the internet isn’t as easy as it should be.

That’s why NYCEDC has partnered with local organizations to launch The Wireless Corridor Challenge, an effort to provide free WiFi coverage in commercial corridors throughout the City.

flatiron partnershipLast week, our partners at the Flatiron Partnership announced the completion of a wireless corridor along 23rd Street from Sixth Avenue to Park Avenue South; along Fifth Avenue from 25th Street to 21st Street; along Broadway from 24th Street to 21st Street; and 21st Street between Fifth Avenue and Broadway.

This is part of a broader City plan to build the largest free outdoor public wireless network in the nation. In Downtown Brooklyn, the WiFi Corridor is bordered by Schermerhorn Street, Cadman Plaza West, Flatbush Ave and Tillary St, includes select public spaces in the NYCHA Ingersoll and Whitman houses, and currently reaches approximately 83,000 users---with more on the way when the Corridor is fully built out. 

Beyond that, the City of New York is working to repurpose an aging network of public payphones into LinkNYC wireless connection points, WiFi kiosks that will provide localized broadband access throughout the city.

New York City’s $156 billion---and growing---tech ecosystem is making sure that whatever happens next, happens here in New York City. By increasing access to solid broadband infrastructure, we’re making sure it happens for New Yorkers across all five boroughs.

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