NYC Seo Service: NYC’s First Local WiFi Provider
The New York City Department of Health has launched a $25 million pilot program to help its customers navigate the city’s complex network of municipal WiFi hotspots.
The goal is to get people to the location of their choice within two hours of connecting, rather than a 10-hour wait for a nearby public WiFi hotspot.
The New Yorkers who participated in the program, which started in the spring of 2019, received a $50 gift card and a free one-year subscription to a NYC-based Seo service, which offers free Wi-Fi in select locations across New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and Delaware.
The program will continue to grow in 2020, with more than 100,000 users.
“We want to make it easier for people to get their data on, and more affordable to use, when they’re in a rush to get to work,” said NYC Department of Information and Technology Commissioner James Brown, who oversees the program.
The initiative is part of the city government’s $2 billion $25 billion plan to modernize its city’s aging public WiFi infrastructure.
In addition to the New York state-funded pilot, NYC also launched a pilot program for residents in Connecticut, and is working to expand its pilot program statewide.
“When we see the demand for this kind of service, we can’t ignore the fact that we need to make sure our customers have the best connectivity available,” said John D. Furlong, CEO of NYC-listed Seo.
The city’s public WiFi network was created to provide access to Wi-fi to residents who are on fixed-line or mobile data plans, but can’t access the public hotspots without a private provider.
The pilot program has received mixed reviews from residents.
The number of complaints filed against the pilot program fell below the average of 1,000, according to a report by the New England Public Interest Research Group, a nonprofit advocacy group.
In a statement, NYC’s Mayor Bill de Blasio said the program was important to get users connected, as many people rely on public WiFi for entertainment, socializing and getting updates.
“The New York State Department of Transportation has committed $25M to invest in an expanded public WiFi pilot program, to help reduce the cost of accessing public WiFi, including with an expanded set of Wi-FI access points, to enable better service and more access for all New Yorkers,” the mayor’s office said in a statement.
The first wave of New Yorkers participating in the pilot is expected to be launched in 2021.
The second wave, which is expected by 2021, will be rolled out in 2022, with an eye toward expanding the pilot into more cities and counties, according the mayor.
“I am excited about the potential of this program to expand access to public WiFi across the city and across New Jersey,” de Blasio added.
The Department of Education announced that it is launching a program to give New Jersey high school students free Wi–Fi access, with no cost to residents.