(The Hosting News) – Free Wi-Fi is now available: That is, if you’re lucky enough to live in one particular part of Manhattan. On Tuesday, Google, Inc. reportedly launched the offering alongside a nonprofit in the borough neighborhood of Chelsea – making it the largest offering of its type to span NYC, according to Reuters.
The offering’s unveiling was so high profile, it was attended by both New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer.
“The best way to help a community is to connect it. People don’t know that 15 percent of Chelsea lives below the poverty line. This can help that,” commented Google community affairs manager Alex Abelin in a report from the New York Daily News.
The Chelsea area serves as home to a number of students along with those in developed areas for housing.
In addition to providing for local residents, the city is hoping to draw more tech entities to Chelsea. “New York is determined to become the world’s leading digital city, and universal access to high-speed Internet is one the core building blocks of that vision,” commented Mayor Bloomberg, according to PCWorld.com.
Providing internet is nothing new to the online search giant. In September, the company moved its Google Fiber internet offering past a pre-registration stage, a service only initially available in the Kansas City, Missouri area. Meanwhile, Google appears to already be working to expand that service.