Better WiFi Coming to Union Square

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Union Square is getting a digital makeover.

Starting this June, 3,000 people will be able to access the free wireless connection in Union Square at the same time. That’s up from just 250 people today.

"With the growth of personal handheld devices, particularly phones and tablets, more and more people than ever before are trying to log on to free, complimentary WiFi," said Jennifer Falk, executive director of the Union Square Partnership. "So we knew that we needed to boost the system."

The partnership paid for the initial installation of three new antennae, and Beth Israel Medical Center will cover the costs of the new network in 2014 and 2015. 

According to Falk, the location of the antennae means the WiFi will even extend to the sidewalk cafés at a few neighboring businesses, like The Coffee Shop, Republic, and Heartland Brewery.