NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- Free Wi-Fi will be provided in 20 New York City parks under a new five-year initiative by AT&T.
The program was unveiled Thursday by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Randall Stephenson, who is the chairman and CEO of AT&T.
"The service is completely free - F - R - E - E. You don't have to register. You just catch the Wi-Fi signal, agree to the terms of service, and you are on your way," said Bloomberg on Thursday. "
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It's already started in three locations. AT&T Wi-Fi can now be found in Battery Park, Joyce Kilmer Park in the Bronx, and at Thomas Jefferson Park in East Harlem.
"We all know the importance of New York City's parks and what this project does is make these great public places even more relevant," Stephenson said.
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State Sen. Jose Serrano, who represents parts of the Bronx and Harlem, says the program will provide Internet access to people who might not otherwise have it.
Serrano says it could make job searching easier. He also noted that it was another incentive to spend more time outdoors.
The 20 parks are:
The Bronx: Joyce Kilmer Park, Bronx River Park and Devoe Park
Brooklyn: Brooklyn Bridge Park, Fort Greene Park, Herbert Von King Park, McCarren Park and Prospect Park
Manhattan: Battery Park, Thomas Jefferson Park, Central Park (multiple locations), the High Line, Holcombe Rucker Park, Marcus Garvey Park and Tompkins Square Park
Queens: AstoriaPark, Flushing Meadows Corona Park and MacDonald Park
Staten Island: Clove Lake Park and South Beach
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