The New York Public Library and the Celona Team to Reduce the
NEW YORK and CUPERTINO, Calif., July 19. 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Celona, the industry innovator of 5G LAN solutions, today announced its partnership with the New York Public Library (NYPL) system to launch the first wireless Internet access pilot program using new Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) technology that provides residents in the vicinity of New York Public Libraries with free high-speed Internet access.
The new CBRS trial, now fully operational, provides patrons and residents with free wireless access around five different public libraries in New York City: Grand Concourse and Mott Haven branches in the Bronx, Schomburg/Countee Cullen and Seward Park in Manhattan , and the Stapleton branch in Staten Island.
Each branch library offers patrons the option to check out a free broadband kit that includes a Google Chromebook and mobile router to receive high-speed Internet access at home or away in coverage areas with technical support available for help users connect easily. Each Mobile Router automatically connects to NYPL’s network and broadcasts a local Wi-Fi signal accessible from any Wi-Fi enabled device.
The NYPL Wireless CBRS trial is open to all library patrons who are 18 years of age, have a valid library card, and live within the identified coverage area surrounding the five test locations.
NYPL is the first to offer free wireless Internet access around New York using the new CBRS radio frequencies recently made available in the United States by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Based on cellular technology, CBRS is the first wireless spectrum since the introduction of Wi-Fi that can be used for free and without a license.
“At the New York Public Library, we understand how essential wireless access has become in our daily lives and are committed to helping those who need it most gain easy access to it,” said Garfield Swaby, vice president of the New York Public Library. System. “Recent advances in private cellular technology allow us to more realistically give underserved communities around our libraries the broadband access they desperately need but often cannot afford.”
“Technological innovations are only useful to the extent that they can add demonstrable value to people’s lives,” said Özer Dondurmacıoğlu, vice president of marketing at Celona. “We clearly share the New York Public Library‘s vision and are proud to work with them to harness the technological innovations we have achieved to help bridge the digital divide.
Celona, the enterprise 5G company, aims to enable organizations of all sizes to implement the next generation of digital automation initiatives in enterprise wireless. Leveraging dynamic spectrum sharing options such as CBRS in the US, Celona’s Edgeless Enterprise architecture is designed to automate the adoption of private cellular wireless by enterprises and their technology partners. For more information, visit celona.io and follow Celona on Twitter @celonaio.
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