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Google brings free Wi-Fi to an entire New York City neighborhood

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Google is bringing  Wi-Fi to the people of New York City — or at least some of them.

Echoing what its done with the area around its Mountain View, Calif. headquarters, the search giant plans to infuse the area around its Chelsea offices with glorious and free Internet access. The coverage will extend from Gansevoort St. to 19th St., from 8th Ave. to the West Side Highway, Google announced.

The installation will be a big help not only to Google’s employees but also to the countless students, tourists, and average New Yorkers who pass through the area each day.

Google has been heavily pushing similar programs in New York City for a while now, having offered free Wi-Fi to  New York City subway stations as a part of its ongoing partnership with wireless hotspot provider Boingo.

The big question with the latest development, however, is where Google plans to take it next. Could Google Wi-Fi one day blanket the entirety of New York City? We can only hope so, and so, too, can the city’s mayor.

“New York is determined to become the world’s leading digital city, and universal access to high-speed Internet is one the core building blocks of that vision. Thanks to Google, free WiFi across this part of Chelsea takes us another step closer to that goal,”  Mayor Michael Bloomberg said in a statement.