Here’s one way AT&T may snag some goodwill from disgruntled New York City customers: Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced today that AT&T will provide free Wi-Fi service in 20 city parks across the five boroughs.
The deal, which will last for five years, comes years after the city abandoned its own plans to offer Wi-Fi in parks. The city had originally tapped WiFi Salon to provide wireless internet in 10 city parks in 2004, but that company ceased operations in 2009 after becoming a victim of the financial crisis.
AT&T’s Wi-Fi service is already available in a handful of locations, Other locations will be set up throughout 2011. At this point, it looks like the company is only aiming to provide Wi-Fi in specific spots in the parks, so don’t expect to get service in the nether regions of Central Park.