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Riverbank State Park Goes Wireless: A Signal for All New Yorkers

Map shows free WiFi hotspots.

The recent announcement that Riverbank State Park will be the first state park in New York with free public wireless internet access, highlights that we have far to go in providing free (or even affordable) wireless (read internet) access to all New Yorkers.

Right now wireless signals blanket New York City in a patchwork of mostly private (and some public) hot spots. Cafes have long been providing internet access to attract business, and libraries are increasingly becoming the sole provider (and trainer) for communities around the city.

These days, what does it mean not to have consistent, reliable access? Is the internet simply a luxury? Or has it become a utility like electricity, or a telephone?

You tell us: how does internet access affect livability for New Yorkers?