Dumbo Gets Free Wi-Fi; Manhattan's Paid Version to Follow
As of today, Dumbo, Brooklyn, is the first -- and only -- location in the city to offer a free wireless network for the neighborhood. It's called Dumbo Wi-Fi, and it will be available outside, in streets, parks, and plazas, between the Brooklyn and Manhattan bridges -- including in the newly finished and beauteous Brooklyn Bridge Park -- reports the New York Times. (Dumbo residents, let us know if you can pick up a signal inside, too.)
To offer the Wi-Fi, the Dumbo Business Improvement District paired with Two Trees Management Company, which owns a handful of buildings in Dumbo and spent some $65,000 on the equipment, which was installed by the nonprofit NYCwireless. Not to be outdone, a company called Towerstream plans to install a Wi-Fi network in Manhattan, but it will be sold to cell service providers, who would then offer it to customers, presumably at a cost -- or that's the plan, anyway.
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz is psyched about this new Brooklyn tech-savvy -- "One day, mark my words, this area will rival Silicon Valley in terms of high-tech ingenuity," he said. Surely, the wilds of Dumbo will be chock-full of people plotting their new website world takeovers this summer. As Alexandria Sica, Executive Director of the Dumbo BID said:
"Creativity can literally flow into the streets. Businesses will be born in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The next Etsy could be thought up right under the Manhattan Bridge!"