For residents of the Chelsea neighborhood in New York City, Tuesday brought some good news from Google (GOOG). The company announced earlier this morning that it was setting up what it called “the largest contiguous wi-fi network in New York City.”
This is not the first time Google has given free Wi-Fi to New York City residents. In June the company announced it was sponsoring free Wi-Fi in over 200 different hotspots in the city, and a handful of MTA stations are also providing free Wi-Fi to commuters with Google's help.
Of course the decision to launch the program in Chelsea was not a random one. Google's New York offices are located in Chelsea, and it has roughly 3,000 employees based in the neighborhood.
Whatever motives Google had in offering the free service, there will be thousands of people benefitting from the free Wi-Fi. The company said the service is intended to be, for the most part, and outdoor amenity, but that some homes in the neighborhood would be able to access the service as well. For these lucky residents that means free internet. Their laptops and mobile devices will be able to jump on the network, and a simple wireless network card could be installed on PCs to allow them to use the free internet as well.
Google also wanted to help spread internet access to all the schools in the area. It believes the Wi-Fi network will benefit around 5,000 students in the area.
Good job Google.
Michael Fowlkes is a financial writer who has been with the Fresh Brewed Media family since 2004. Over the course of his tenure with Fresh Brewed Media, he has worn many hats, including portfolio manager, options analyst, and writer. Michael received his undergraduate degree from Virginia Tech in Accounting and got his start in finance working as a stock trader for six years at Chase Investment Counsel in Charlottesville, Va. His articles typically cover big-picture events and forecasting what impact they will have on the stock market. In addition to writing for Fresh Brewed Media, Michael also wrote for AOL's BloggingStocks for three years, focusing most of his attention on the energy and technology sectors. Follow him on Twitter at @MFatMICenter.