AT&T announced that it's expanding its Wi-Fi rollout in New York City, providing Wi-Fi to any and all comers at 26 locations in 20 NYC parks across the five boroughs.
NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson announced a five-year initiative to provide the free service to both AT&T and non-AT&T customers. The service is available free of charge to any users at Battery Bosque in Battery Park, the north-end playground in Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx and around the recreation center at Thomas Jefferson Park in East Harlem, with 23 additional park locations to follow throughout the summer.
Following a successful pilot program in 2010 in Times Square, AT&T announced plans to expand its deployment of AT&T Wi-Fi hotzones to additional locations in major markets, as well as new hotzones near Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick's Cathedral. The company says it also has plans to launch its next Wi-Fi hotzone in San Francisco's popular Embarcadero Center.
The AT&T initiative advances some of the goals of NYC's "Road Map for the Digital City," a strategy to make New York the nation's leading digital city that Mayor Bloomberg unveiled in May 2011. The plan seeks to increase New Yorkers' access to digital technology by introducing Wi-Fi in more parks and public spaces through private sector partnerships like the new one with AT&T, by targeting high-needs individuals through federally funded programs, by launching outreach and education efforts to increase broadband Internet adoption, and by supporting more broadband choices citywide.
"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," said Mayor Bloomberg.
AT&T operates more than 24,000 AT&T Wi-Fi hotspots at restaurants, hotels, bookstores and retailers, including more than 460 hotspot locations in the New York metropolitan area.