March 26, 2015 By Michael Florio
Long Island City residents will soon be able to surf the web at their newest waterfront park.
Installation of wireless Internet at Hunters Point South Park is scheduled to begin in April and is expected to be in operation by the end of spring, according to a Parks Department spokesperson.
Time Warner Cable is installing the technology as part of a $6 million commitment the company made in 2011 to bring WiFi to public parks in New York City, according to a Time Warner spokesperson.
The decision follows the strong advocacy of Rob Basch, president of the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy, who has been fighting to bring WiFi to the park for the last six months.
“We have met with representatives of the mayor’s office and New York City Parks to facilitate this project,” Basch said. “We are very pleased that this will be installed by the end of April. This will be a great addition to the park.”
The WiFi will be free at all times for Time Warner customers with standard Internet service and above. Residents will also be able to connect for three free 10 minute sessions per month.
A daily pass can be bought for 99 cents.
“We are excited to soon make our TWC WiFi services available to the Hunters Point South Park as part of our ongoing relationship with the NYC Parks,” according to Time Warner spokesman in a statement.
The company has no plans to bring WiFi to any other LIC park at this time.
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