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AT&T Launches More Solar Mobile Charging Units in NYC (press release)

August 12, 2013 No Comments


Solar Mobile Charging Units Arrive at Midland Beach, South Beach and Staten Island Zoo Where Visitors Can Charge Their Devices For Free

August 12, 2013 (Staten Island, NY)—Visitors to several of Staten Island’s most popular outdoor locations can now charge their devices for free as part of AT&T’s ongoing Street Charge initiative. Midland Beach, South Beach and the Staten Island Zoo are the latest locations where New Yorkers can take advantage of solar mobile charging stations for their phones and tablets in need of a little more battery life. The pilot program is a direct outgrowth of Superstorm Sandy when AT&T provided a free charge to storm victims who needed to connect with friends and loved ones.

AT&T began rolling out the solar-powered mobile charging units two months ago and has been rotating them through at least 20 different outdoor locations across the five boroughs through September. The units have quickly become a popular spot for New Yorkers to congregate and give their phones a charge.

“Following Superstorm Sandy, AT&T worked hard to keep New Yorkers connected and we soon realized that these charging stations were something the City needed even in the best of times,” said Marissa Shorenstein, New York State President, AT&T. “In a short period of time, many New Yorkers have come to rely on AT&T Street Charge units to power their devices and make sure they can stay connected throughout the day. We’ve worked closely with Staten Island Borough President James Molinaro and the New York City Parks Department to identify locations on Staten Island where residents could most benefit from AT&T Street Charge and loo forward to their feedback.”

“I was pleased to learn that AT&T will be expanding its Street Charge program, which was popular on Staten Island in the weeks after Hurricane Sandy,” said Staten Island Borough President James P. Molinaro. “The solar-powered charging stations will allow Borough residents to remain connected to work and their loved ones while out enjoying popular spots like our Boardwalk and Zoo.  I commend AT&T for their continued partnership with our community, and I thank AT&T for making services such as this and free wireless access available at sites across the Borough.”

“AT&T has been a great friend to the Staten Island Zoo, first through the creation of our Family Workshop Series and now through AT&T Street Charge,” said Kenneth Mitchell, Executive Director of the Staten Island Zoo. “The mobile charging units are a welcome addition to the Zoo as our visitors are constantly using their phones to capture and share memories of their time here. The ability to charge one’s phones while enjoying all the Zoo has to offer enhances our visitor experience.   We are grateful to AT&T for its continued support for the Zoo and communities throughout Staten Island.”

“At NYC Parks, we are always looking for ways to get New Yorkers and visitors into the great outdoors to relax and re-charge, and these new re-charging stations give it a whole new meaning,” said NYC Staten Island Borough Parks Commissioner Adena Long.  “Thanks to AT&T and its partners, New Yorkers can take advantage of this solar-powered charging technology to help power their devices at our parks and beaches.”

“I am happy that AT&T has selected Staten Island as one of the areas to showcase their new solar mobile charging stations,” said Linda M. Baran, President and CEO, Staten Island Chamber of Commerce. “As we celebrate the recent re-opening of our boardwalk (after Sandy), this is a wonderful amenity to bring to the thousands of people who frequent our beaches.

The units remain at each location between three and four weeks. In the coming weeks, New Yorkers will be able to find AT&T Street Charge at additional sites including one more Staten Island location—La Tourette Golf Course—as well as Randall’s Island, the Brooklyn Book Festival and the Dumbo Arts Festival.

The solar powered mobile charging stations complement Wi-Fi in the Parks, an ongoing joint initiative between AT&T, the City of New York and the New York Parks Department offering free Wi-Fi access to New Yorkers – regardless of provider.  As of today, 28 New York City parks locations across the five boroughs now have free AT&T Wi-Fi as part of this initiative.

Developing sustainable solutions has long been a priority for AT&T. The company works with a variety of partners to engineer innovative answers to help address environmental and social challenges. This year, CR Magazine named AT&T the top corporate citizen in America.

For a full list of dates and locations of each AT&T Street Charge unit, visit www.att.com/attstreetcharge or follow us on Twitter @ATTNYC #attstreetcharge



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