It was recently announced that three parks in downtown Brooklyn will be getting free wireless Internet.
The first downtown Brooklyn park to receive free Wi-Fi was Willoughby Plaza, the public seating area between Willoughby and Fulton Streets.
Next up is Columbus Park, which is located in front of Borough Hall. Columbus Park is expected to have an active Wi-Fi network any day now. A free Wi-Fi network at Columbus Park will be a major advantage to Brooklyn Law students, as Brooklyn Law is across the street. Brooklyn Law students as well as attorneys with appearances in Kings County Supreme Court will enjoy the ability to get work done outside in the nice weather, while it still lasts.
The third network is planned for Albee Square, which is a new park on Fulton Street that is set to open this month.
The costs of this project will be covered by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. The project will cost $25,000 for the installation and another $5,000 a year in maintenance.
The hope is that residents, students and office workers hungry for free Wi-Fi will spend more time downtown and flush much needed funds into the neighborhood. In an effort to encourage spending in downtown Brooklyn, the home page that will be seen when surfers log on using the free network is www.shopdowntownbrooklyn.com.
As far as the speed of this free Wi-Fi service? Well, Oliver Oetterer, Vice-President of SpotOn Networks, promises the Internet will be faster than most businesses that offer free, wireless Internet.
As far as service range, the signal reaches approximately 500 feet from the transmitters installed on the roof of Brooklyn Law School and the roof of a Fulton Street commercial building.
Even before its official launch, about 50 people have begun using the free networks. More are certain to follow.