If you are a business traveler or constantly on the go, you probably use airport and restaurant's wi-fi networks. Most places offer free wi-fi and it's not just at Starbucks anymore. They are a necessary evil.
Google has introduced free public Wi-Fi network in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Of course this is where the Google's New York headquarters are located. So there's never any excuse for any google-ites to not see the sunshine during the day, since you can work outside.
Not only will it serve the businesses around there but also a housing project. How cool is that?
In a statement from Google, "Google is proud to provide free Wi-Fi in the neighborhood we have called home for over six years," said Ben Fried, Chief Information Officer for Google, in a statement. "This network will not only be a resource for the two thousand-plus residents of the Fulton Houses, it will also serve the five thousand-plus student population of Chelsea as well as the hundreds of workers, retail customers and tourists who visit our neighborhood every day."
They say this isn't the beginning of the high-speed broadband service unveiled in Kansas City, but we'll see. It's hard to fully believe what most businesses say, especially ones aimed at internet world-domination. :-)