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All The City’s Wi-Fi Hot Spots: Green=free, White=Limited, Grey=Partner (Image via nycgovparks.org)

The city expanded the availability of Wi-Fi to parks across Southern Brooklyn in a deal made with the region’s top cable providers. Business Week is reporting that a form of free Wi-Fi is coming to places like Manhattan Beach, Marine Park and Steeplechase Park in Coney Island.

The city’s plan adds Wi-Fi to 32 parks in all, boosting the total amount of hotspots in Brooklyn to 14. Business Week described the specifics of the deal:

The service is part of the city’s 2011 franchise agreement with New York-based Time Warner Cable, the second-largest U.S. cable provider, and Bethpage, New York-based Cablevision, the fifth largest. As part of the contract, the companies agreed to maintain the city’s WiFi system through 2020 in parks and public spaces, mostly outside Manhattan. The cable providers created a $10 million fund to pay for it, according to the city.

Soon enough, people with laptops, smart phones and other specialized mobile devices will be able to catch a free signal in five locations at Gravesend Park, six locations in Marine Park, 15 locations in Manhattan Beach Park and one location in Steeplechase Park. The access to to the Wi-Fi is partially dependent on cable service the user has. For instance, only Cablevision customers can get full free access to any of the Wi-Fi spots in Southern Brooklyn parks. If you aren’t a Cablevision customer, you can only use the service three times in a 30 day span for only 10 minutes at a time.

Across the city, certain select locations will have full free Wi-Fi, regardless of cable service affiliation, like in Prospect Park, McCarren Park and many places in Manhattan including Central Park. If people aren’t Cablevision customers, they can purchase WiFi access for 99 cents a day per device.

For more information on the availability of free hotspot coverage you can visit the Parks Department website by clicking here.

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  • Tara Dawn Chiusano

    cablevision customers always have access to hotspots… that is not quite providing FREE access in parks

  • BayResident

    I too am not sure how this is different from the OptimumWifi hotspots which already exist in abundance throughout Sheepshead Bay.

    • http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/ Ned Berke

      People who do not have Optimum can now get a whopping 10 minutes of access at no charge, three times a month. That’s the difference. That’s why it’s limited, and the city should be embarrassed for offering us Southern Brooklyn hicks these goddamn crumbs. Disgusting.

      • BrooklynBus

        Originally there was supposed to be free access in all the parks, then Bloomberg changed his mind. I think only Battery Park and Central Park or parts of it have free access for everyone.

        • guest

          Couldn’t figure out a way to make money off of it or he was offered to little of a cut.

      • bruce b

        …. and, as a cablevision customer, their hot-spot really sucks to boot. I find it so unreliable as to be worthless. So ya ain’t missin nuttin anyway.

  • Andrew Kent

    Some people go to the park to take a break from their computers. Now there’s no escape.

    • http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/ Ned Berke

      So don’t bring your freakin’ computer with you. That’s like saying you can’t get a break from TV by going to the park because the airwaves are still traveling through the air in the park. C’mon. Access to the internet has been shown to parallel rates of economic opportunities and social mobility. It should be free in as many places as possible.

      • Willie Simpson

        I was in South Korea last year. The country is blanketed with free, high-speed no questsions asked, public wi-fi. Needless to say, as a foreigner, I found it invaluable and impressive, especially considering that it worked on the subway system as well.

    • bruce b

      I’d really like to see cell-phone free zones. An area of a park where NO cell phone works. Of course, nobody under the age of 40 will inhabit these areas…. I think I would set up a shack in such an area and live there.