2013-05-10 / Community

Wider Free Wi-Fi For Broad Channel Library

The Queens Library will be hosting free Wi-Fi access for the Broad Channel community within a three-block radius of the library building.

According to a release from the library, “From homes, business, schools, outdoors -- if you have a free Queens Library card, you are wired. The program is a prototype that will be expanded to other communities in Queens, and hopefully, eventually, will cover the borough from end to end.”

Free Wi-Fi access allows users of Wi-Fi enabled laptops and smartphones to access the internet or make Voice over IP phone calls free of charge. “Whether you are phoning a loved one overseas or updating your Facebook page, checking email or downloading an e-book,” says the Library, “free Wi- Fi is priceless.”

The Broad Channel initiative will be a pilot for the program. By the end of summer 2013, it is expected to be installed in surrounding Queens Libraries at Langston Hughes (Corona/East Elmhurst), Long Island City, Richmond Hill and the site of the new library at Hunters Point. In several locations, outdoor seating areas will be added as well.

Every Queens Library has free Wi-Fi access within the library building. Community-wide Wi-Fi access was already being planned when Superstorm Sandy hit.

The program was fast-tracked in Broad Channel to assist the community in the rebuilding, and because the physical environment is conducive. Partnerships will be sought in the community where repeaters can be installed, and plans are to extend the range even further from the library building.

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