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NY's Central Park To Go Wireless

City leaders are trying to provide public access to wireless networks in parks in all five boroughs.

New York City could have wireless access in Central Park as soon as July.

That is if a contractor meets a deadline announced by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation at a hearing this week. City leaders are trying to provide public access to wireless networks in parks in all five boroughs. Several open outdoor areas, including Bryant Park and the South Street Seaport, already have public wireless access through private companies.

Government is not funding the public projects. The city is relying on private companies, which could advertise to Web surfers connecting to their wireless services, as well as non-profits. In some cases, the city will collect a nominal fee from Wi-Fi providers.

San Francisco is leading the pack for providing wireless access to the public, and Philadelphia recently approved a plan for citywide wireless access.

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