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nov 13 2009

NYC: Free WiFi in Times Square

The best new show on Broadway is the swirling chaos of the city itself—and the seats are free. Inspired by Copenhagen's car-free Strøget zone, the city of New York has permanently closed five blocks in Times Square to traffic and installed 300 chairs and benches, where thousands of locals now join the tourists every day to experience the city in an entirely new way. (Budget Travel recognized this innovation with an Extra Mile Award this year.)

Starting earlier this week, Yahoo! began offering free WiFi to anyone in Times Square's public area, in cooperation with the Times Square Alliance. Access the service using your WiFi-enabled mobile phone and surfing to Yahoo!'s mobile homepage (http://m.yahoo.com). Laptops will automatically see a welcome screen when they look for "Times Sq Free Wifi" in their drop-down menu of possible WiFi signals to connect to. (Surf any site on the Internet, not just Yahoo.)

The free WiFi will be available for one year to start, with the possibility of extending to three years, says a spokeswoman.

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