Time Warner Cable, Cablevision light up NYC parks with Wi-Fi

The Wi-Fi hotspots are part of a partnership between the cable companies and New York City that includes a $10 million investment fund for Wi-Fi deployment in parks and public spaces.

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The Flatiron Building sits across from Madison Square Park, which gets free Wi-Fi from Time Warner and Cablevision. Brian Bennett/CNET

Time Warner Cable and Cablevision are bulking up the Wi-Fi service at New York City parks.

New York City said on Tuesday that it had partnered with the two cable providers to deliver Wi-Fi hotspots throughout parks in the five boroughs. The agreement includes a $10 million investment fund for Wi-Fi deployment in parks and public spaces.

The cable companies join AT&T and other groups, which have also deployed Wi-Fi networks across the city.

Park goers can connect for free with their Wi-Fi-enabled devices for up to 30 minutes every 30 days, and then 99 cents a day per device after that. Time Warner Cable and Cablevision customers who subscribe to broadband get free access. AT&T's WiFi networks in the park are available to all users.

The cable companies have been aggressive in building out their Wi-Fi networks, relying on that arrangement rather than a cellular network of their own. Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Cablevision said on Monday that its Internet customers can roam across all three of their Wi-Fi networks in New York.

Combined, the companies have deployed thousands of Wi-Fi access points in the area, they said in a statement.

Here are the parks lit up by Cablevision and Time Warner Cable:

1. Ranaqua Park
2. Gun Hill Playground
3. St. James Park & Recreation Center
4. St. Mary's Park & Recreation Center
5. Seton Falls Park
6. Owen Dolen Recreation Center

7. Herbert Von King Cultural Arts Center
8. Coney Island (MCU Park Plaza)
9. Marine Park (Nature Center)
10. Wingate Park
11. Manhattan Beach
12. Gravesend Park
13. Brownsville Recreation Center
14. Cadman Plaza Park
15. Carroll Park
16. Prospect Park (Bandshell)
17. St. John's Recreation Center

18. Bryant Park
19. Jackie Robinson Recreation Center
20. Madison Square Park
21. Riverside Park (West 79th St. Boat Basin)

22. Baisley Pond Park
23. Bowne Park
24. Cunningham Park
25. Kissena Park
26. Railroad Park
27. Roy Wilkins Park & Recreation Center

Staten Island:
28. Greenbelt Recreation Center
29. Tappen Park
30. Staten Island Zoo
31. Snug Harbor Cultural Center
32. Tompkinsville Park

Via Engadget.