More than 2000 residents, over 5,000 students and hundreds of tech workers are expected to benefit from a free Wi-Fi network which Google Inc. intends to deploy in New York City.
It is believed to be part of a plan to cover ‘Silicon Alley’, the city’s equivalent to California’s Silicon Valley.
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This is not the first time that the Internet search giant has dabbled in network provisioning or has provided free Wi-Fi coverage to neighbourhoods.
Google hosts Wi-Fi networks around Mountain View California and has a fibre broadband project in Kansas City.
The company may expand fibre service to other regions if its experiments work, according to Eric Schmidt, executive chairman for Google.