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Wireless Internet access coming to downtown
April 4, 2003, 4:36 AM EST
NEW YORK (AP) _ High-speed wireless Internet access is being planned for activation in six parks and public spaces in Lower Manhattan in May. The plan would increase the availability of wireless connections to the Internet.

Officials at the Alliance for Downtown New York said the business improvement district will set up wireless access points called Wi-Fi connections or "hot spots" in City Hall Park, the South Street Seaport area and Bowling Green, The New York Times reported in Friday editions.

Wireless points will also be available in Vietnam Veterans Plaza on Water Street; in Liberty Plaza, at Broadway and Liberty Street; and in Rector Park in Battery Park City.

In those places, people carrying a properly equipped laptop computer or personal digital assistant will have high-speed access to the Internet through a system financed by the Alliance.

The networks will bear similarity to a wireless network in Bryant Park in Midtown.

The Alliance operated an experimental network at Bowling Green last year. It has lain dormant since last fall, but will be activated again on May 1, the same day as the other downtown networks. The system is being created by a company named Emenity and will be one of the largest free wireless networks in the nation, company officials said.

Emenity is affiliated with NYCwireless, a non-profit group that encourages the activation of wireless networks.
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