New York, NY -- Google is helping its New York City neighbors go wireless. Google and a neighborhood business group are picking up the tap for a free Wi-Fi network in the Chelsea area. People will be able to get online in about a 10-block area surrounding Google's offices. It's Google's first urban free Wi-Fi network.
Google has free Wi-Fi in Mountain View, California, where it is based, and in a handful of cities where it has data centers. In New York, Google and the Chelsea Improvement Company are paying for the network, which cost $115,000 to set up and another 45-grand a year to operate.