When it comes to philanthropy, Google is among the top companies in the world. They’ve donated millions and given back to the community at seemingly every opportunity. It appears as Google isn’t done yet as they have now brought free public WiFi to a neighborhood in New York.
Google and the non-profit Chelsea Improvement Co are bringing the people of Chelsea free and public WiFi. The neighborhood is home to a Google campus as well as a number of other tech start ups, according to Reuters. There are also a number of college students.
If you were waiting for a launch date, you’re a bit late as it already happened. New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and U.S. Senator Charles Schumer were there to unveil the free public WiFi. In addition to being free, it is also the largest WiFi HotSpot in New York City.
According to Reuters via a spokesman, they are not. Google is known for bringing free WiFi to cities where their campuses are. For instance, Mountain View, California has free WiFi via Google. Now Chelsea does too. However, the free WiFi goodness isn’t expected to spread any further than that.
Of course, it isn’t feeding the homeless or stopping global warming, but it is a step toward a technology everyone should have by now. Plus, if you’re ever in Chelsea, you won’t have to huddle at a pretentious coffee shop to check your email. Should Google work harder to deliver free WiFi to more areas?
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“Google is among the top *countries* in the world”
Chelsea is a great demonstration project with potential for pre-planned WiFi product improvement. Say 802.11ac at 200Mbps/location on 29_50 locations =10Gbps (when extended up to 34th St). Mix of rich and poor residents. Industrial, post Industrial business is the heterogeneous test bed that Google needs.
I see Google bringing a Tbps trunkline to support free WiFi for Chelsea at near Gbps speed to Chelsea eventually.
Wishing for Google elsewhere? It will not happen before Google goes deep into understanding and supporting Chelsea’s wants and needs.