WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 30: A person on a newly rented capital bike eases through the retail portion of NoMa (North of Massachusetts Ave) in Washington, DC on September 30, 2011. Once filled with warehouses and small businesses, the place is now booming with development of Condos, Apartments, Government, and the hotels and retail that follow these trends. Though the area has some parking, foot traffic, bus, metro, zip cars and bicycle rentals are encouraged to get around. (Photo by Linda Davidson / The Washington Post)
 A person on a newly rented Capital Bikeshare bike eases through the retail portion of NoMa (North of Massachusetts Avenue) in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 30. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post)

D.C.’s NoMa this week unveiled a new amenity it hopes will cement its reputation as the place to be for D.C. residents: a free public outdoor WiFi network.

According to NoMa BID officials, NoMa is the first D.C. neighborhood to offer such an amenity. Click here to see a map of the areas in the neighborhood where free Wi-Fi will be available.

National Public Radio and Google, are among the companies that have offices in the roughly 35-block area north of Massachusetts Avenue and east of Union Station. The neighborhood also is home to new high rise apartments that have brought scores of new residents to the area. (At one point there were rumors that The Washington Post would relocate its newsroom to the neighborhood, though it looks like we’ll be staying downtown.)

A FAQ about the system, which will be installed in phases, is available here.