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Harlem To Become Largest Free Outdoor Wi-Fi Network In Nation

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Thanks to a generous gift, Harlem will now be home to the largest free outdoor Wi-Fi network in the nation.

Mayor Bloomberg took part in officially launching the initiative.

It's expected to increase digital access for nearly 80,000 people.

The new network will cover 95 city blocks, from 110th to 138th streets between Frederick Douglas Boulevard and Madison Avenue.

The network is funded by a $2 million donation from financier Glenn Fuhrman.

"Creating the nation's largest continuous Wi-Fi network is a big step towards our administration's goal of making New York the number one digital city in the nation,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

"The reason why we got so excited about this is it really satisfies everything that Amanda and I really believe in. First and foremost is our love for New York City, secondly is our belief in the power of technology and third is our belief in education and the power of education,” said Glenn Fuhrman of the Fuhrman Family Foundation.

The network will be put into place in three phases, with the next two set to be rolled out in February and May, respectively.

The network will run for a five-year term initially.

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