Free WiFi Coming to Fulton Street

Free WiFi Coming to Fulton Street
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
FAB is thrilled to partner with BAM to bring free wifi to the businesses, residents, visitors and shoppers along Fulton Street in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill. Mayor Bloomberg made the announcement on September 30, 2013 of the award to five organizations in NYC as winners of the "Wireless Corridor Challenge". Details are in the Press Release below.

BAM Cultural District and Fulton Street in Fort Greene and Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

=== THE PRESS RELEASE ===

OCTOBER 1, 2013 - Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), in partnership with the Fulton Area Business Alliance (FAB), announced plans to offer free wireless internet connectivity along Fulton Street. The proposed free WiFi corridor will span 1.2 miles along Fulton Street in Brooklyn from Rockwell Place to Classon Avenue and the BAM Cultural District.

BAM and four other organizations known for achievements in improving quality of life throughout the City, were each awarded over $100,000 in funds to provide local visitors, tourists, and businesses with free internet connectivity through The Wireless Corridor Challenge. The  Wireless Corridor Challenge is a NYC Economic Development  Corporation initiative that partners with consultants to design, launch, implement, manage, and maintain a free, public access WiFi or other emerging technology in a New York City commercial district. “As the BAM Cultural District continues to evolve into the model of a 21st century cultural center, we are excited to provide this WiFi access to our neighborhood and those who visit our community each day,” said BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins. “We’re grateful to Mayor Bloomberg and the City for including us in this project and look forward to the advancements that this free wireless network will foster.”

Phillip Kellogg, Executive Director, FAB Alliance added, "FAB is thrilled to be partnering with BAM to bring this service to the entire 26-block long FAB Alliance commercial corridor, its public plazas, open spaces and parks."

"BAM is committed to supporting the local small business community and FAB’s efforts to energize public open spaces along Fulton Street. BAM and FAB have collaborated on many  cultural projects and we are happy to continue our partnership. Through the support of the City  and EDC, we are pleased to provide free WiFi to local residents, students, and visitors,” said BAM Director of Government and Community Affairs and FAB Board Chair Tamara McCaw.

BAM and FAB will lead the effort to provide free internet connectivity to those who frequent the neighborhood. This new network, which will be named BAMwifi_ForBK, will have the ability to serve over 9,000 devices at any given moment.
 
The network will begin to be set up in the fall of 2013 and will be fully installed by this winter.

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