We ask if Brooklynites will use new Downtown wireless network

Downtown wireless: Saving grace or major waste?

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Michael Hetteit, Bay Ridge

"I think it’s a good idea. I don’t come here that often, so I don’t know if I’ll use it. But it will be good for business, good for people who come to area a lot."

Mel Williams, East New York

"Probably not. I’m always on the go, plus I work around here, so probably not."

Randy Kearse, Fort Greene

"I’ll use it if I’m in the area. It’s nice that it’s free and I won’t have to pay for something in an establishment to use the wifi.

Anything free is good."

Laura Perez, Bushwick

"I hear about phone companies taking away a lot of privileges, so it’s good. But I have unlimited data, so I probably won’t use it."

Damian Lewis, East New York

"You need wifi. I won’t really use it much, but my friends and brothers will."

The Downtown Brooklyn Partnership launched a free Downtown wifi network this week. The scheme is part of larger plan to bring internet access to people living and working Downtown. The idea is to make the area more enticing to tech companies, but also to give shoppers, students, and workers high-speed access on their breaks.

We hit the streets to ask the obvious question of a service that will primarily be available on Downtown’s sidewalks, where few laptops are in use but many internet-enabled cellphones are on display: “Will you use the new wireless network?”

— Matthew Perlman

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Mike from Williamsburg says:
So most people think it's a good idea but almost no one will use it. Sounds like a great marketing coup for the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. They get people to feel good without having to do much.
April 23, 2014, 6:47 am
arriet from Downtown Bk says:
I am suspicious of anything the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership. They have been making promises for many years about creating jobs, and the taxpayers have been subsidizing them for years. I would rather get real statistics about job creation, rather than just a reprint of their press releases. Who is really watching over them to make sure our taxpayer dollars are worth it?
April 23, 2014, 10:35 am

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