Free Wifi

Thanks to More Free Wifi, You Can No Longer Escape the Internet By Going to the Park

Kinda free Wifi comes to 32 new parks.
Bryant Park among those getting coverage. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Bryant Park among those getting coverage. (STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)

Good news for those of you who’ve bought into the cruel, mosquito-filled lie that is the “great outdoors”: The city is partnering with Cablevision and Time Warner Cable to bring free Wifi to 32 more parks, most of them in the outer boroughs. That’s in addition to those spots already wired through a prior deal with AT&T.

“Parks are not only great places for relaxation and recreation, they are also ideal for surfing the net,” said NYC Parks Commissioner Veronica M. White in a statement, revealing that the department is still clinging to late-90s Internet lingo.

But before you decide to haul your laptop outside so you can work on your tan while playing World of Warcraft, we’ve got some bad news. The free Wifi is capped at 30 minutes per month (10 minutes at a time). After that, you’ll have to cough up 99 cents a day.

The service is always free for Cablevision and Time Warner Cable customers, however. Not that that’s enough to make us forget all those botched installation appointments over the years.

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