2011-10-19 / Features

AT&T Announces Launch Of Free Wi-Fi Service In City Parks

AT&T announced on October 11 the launch of free AT&T Wi-Fi service at an additional five city park locations in Queens, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island. The launch is part of a five-year digital initiative with Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and the city of New York to provide free Wi-Fi at 26 locations in 20 city parks across the five boroughs. In addition to Battery Park (Battery Bosque and Ferry Landing), Rumsey Playfield, areas of Thomas Jefferson Park in East Harlem and Joyce Kilmer Park in The Bronx, New Yorkers can now access AT&T Wi-Fi free of charge in Astoria Park, Herbert Von King Park and McCarren Park Field House in Brooklyn, Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan, Clove Lakes Park in Staten Island.

“We must continue to make it easier for New Yorkers to live their lives in a rapidly-changing world, and the expansion of Wi-Fi service to our public spaces is a great way to do just that,” state Senator Michael Gianaris said. “I am thrilled that Western Queens residents are among the first to receive this service and look forward to its expansion throughout our city in coming months.”

New Yorkers will be able to stay connected with their smartphones, tablets and other Wi-Fi enabled devices as they enjoy everything city parks have to offer. Other locations are expected to come on line over the next several months.

“These five locations are among New York City’s most popular parks destinations and we’re thrilled that visitors will be able to take advantage of this enhanced service while the weather is still nice and all year round,” AT&T Vice President and General Manager for New York and New Jersey Tom DeVito said. “AT&T is committed to making the five boroughs a more connected place for New Yorkers to live, work and play. As more consumers are connecting to Wi-Fi on their devices, we’re committed to delivering the best possible broadband experience, where people need speed and coverage the most.”

AT&T Wi-Fi at city parks will be free for all users. From most AT&T smartphones and devices, customers will be able to automatically connect and switch seamlessly between AT&T’s Wi-Fi and wireless networks. Virtually all new AT&T smartphones come equipped with Wi-Fi technology and Wi-Fi use doesn’t count toward smartphone data plans.

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