New York City has grand aspirations of being the nation's leading digital city, and it's a getting a big boost from AT&T
towards that goal. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson today announced a five-year initiative that will have AT&T providing free Wi-Fi service at 26 locations spread across 20 New York City parks in five boroughs.
AT&T Wi-Fi is available free of charge to park-goers 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. By the end of the summer, AT&T will have added 23 more locations to the mix, allowing New Yorkers to stay connected with their laptops, smartphones, and tablets as they wander about City parks.
"We're pleased to join Mayor Bloomberg and the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation to bring the convenience and benefits of Wi-Fi to may of the city's world-renowned parks," said Stephenson. "AT&T is committed to providing the best network and best broadband experience in New York City."
The best part about this for New York City residents is that Wi-Fi doesn't dip into their smartphone monthly data plans. AT&T currently 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, AT&T said.