Free WiFi goes live on Fulton Street
April 17, 2014
Say cheese! Borough President Eric Adams joined local workers, students from LIU Brooklyn and Berkeley College, business owners, and shoppers for a “selfie” this morning to celebrate the launch of free public WiFi on Fulton Mall.
It’s all part of a new program being launched by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership; PTS in partnership with DAS Communications; Fon, a global WiFi network; and the New York City Economic Development Corporation to provide WiFi to the area bordered by Schermerhorn Street, Cadman Plaza West, Flatbush Avenue, and Tillary Street, along with select public spaces in the NYCHA Ingersoll and Whitman Houses.
“The installation of free WiFi in the Fulton Mall signifies the necessary removal of barriers to communication and the free exchange of ideas,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. “I look forward to the day when we can provide such free WiFi service to all residents throughout our borough. As a proponent of all things that make One Brooklyn, I applaud the efforts of the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership and Fon for bringing this service to Fulton Mall.”
The Fulton Street corridor is the first section to go live as part of the program. As part of the project, free WiFi hotspots will also be provided to up to 100 small businesses and 1,000 residents in Downtown Brooklyn. Fon, the global WiFi network, is working with DBP and local businesses to distribute free routers and set up hotspots in stores and offices to add coverage in high traffic areas.
“Fon is about connecting communities and we’re thrilled to bring WiFi to this booming district,” said Carlton Bennett, VP of Business Development, Fon US. “The local businesses that we’ve given routers to thus far have reaped enormous benefits as some lacked a broadband connection to begin with and others could set up a free dedicated public signal for their customers. Others, like the Actor’s Fund Arts Center, have been able to use the free router to facilitate audience participation during performances.”
If you’re a business or resident interested in signing up for a free router, visit www.downtownbrooklyn.fon.com.