AT&T is bringing free Wi-Fi access to select New York City parks this summer. Too bad it's unbearably hot outside today for anyone to use it. At least then the network won't be that congested!
Anyway, the offer is still pretty sweet for New Yorkers once the temperature drops by a degree (or 10 to 15) who want to sit in the park with their Wi-Fi-enabled tablets, e-book readers, smartphones and laptops. There's always the Mi-Fi option for those who have it, but why bother with those when this is completely free? (FYI, they'll also be free to the taxpayers at the expense of AT&T.)
The hotspots will be available in 20 parks (listed below) throughout the five boroughs starting today for everyone (not just AT&T customers). Who knows how long it will last - hopefully forever!
- Bronx: Joyce Kilmer Park, Bronx River Park and Devoe Park
- Brooklyn: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Fort Greene Park, Herbert Von King Park, McCarren Park and Prospect Park
- Manhattan: Battery Park, Thomas Jefferson Park, Central Park (multiple locations), the High Line, Holcombe Rucker Park, Marcus Garvey Park and Tompkins Square Park
- Queens: Astoria Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park and MacDonald Park
- Staten Island: Clove Lake Park and South Beach
Related coverage on ZDNet:
- London Underground getting Wi-Fi hotspot treatment
- Amtrak putting free Wi-Fi on Northeast trains; others have to wait
- Wi-Fi headed to New Jersey Transit trains, stations soon