The country's largest continuous outdoor public Wi-Fi network will be in Harlem.
Launched Tuesday, the network will eventually provide nearly 80,000 residents with wireless Internet.
“In 2013, being successful requires being connected," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement. He said the network will help residents find educational information or access "everyday needs like paying bills, checking library hours – or even just keeping tabs on the Knicks and Nets."
The network, from 110th to 138th streets between Frederick Douglass Boulevard and Madison Avenue, will be implemented in three phases and completed in May, officials said.
Phase one, from 110th to 120th streets will be operational this month.
The entire network will increase digital access for some 13,000 public housing residents, officials said.
The network is funded for at least five years through a donation from the Fuhrman Family Foundation to the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.
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