“The installation of free WiFi in the Fulton Mall signifies the necessary removal of barriers to communication and the free exchange of ideas,” said Borough President Eric Adams of the rollout.
Adams was among those who took a selfie using the new WiFi at the corner of Fulton Mall and Dekalb Ave. on Friday.
Launched by the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership, the project includes hotspot provision to 100 retail outlets and over 1,000 Brooklyn residents, as well as the roughly 100,000 daily Fulton Mall shoppers.
Alan Rothenstreich, a manager of projects at the Jaroth Companies-owned Pacific Telecom Service, which participated in the WiFi design, said the project has been several months in the making, and is only the first stage in multiphasic process of layout.
“We’ve now completed all of Fulton St.,” Rothenstreich said. “The eventual goal is to have WiFi from Tillary St. all the way down to Schermerhorn St., and from Court St. to Flatbush Ave.”
“This is a new focus for us as a national telecommunications company,” Rothenstreich said. “We’re working with Downtown Brooklyn Partnership as well as working with carriers to help improve their services in the area.”
Rothenstreich said there are other rollouts the city is planning in the near future that his company will be involved with.
“BAM is getting one, in Manhattan we’re doing a few projects as well,” Rothenstreich said.