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Late last month, we brought you news that New York City was in the process of installing the first of several thousand LinkNYC hubs that will eventually go up around the city. The LinkNYC hubs will replace the old and outdated phones booths that dot the cityscape and provide blazing fast encrypted 802.11ac Wi-Fi access (up to 100 times faster than traditional public Wi-Fi), two USB charging ports for juicing up your mobile devices (only power, no data delivery), and the ability to make free phone calls to anywhere in the U.S. via a partnership with Vonage. All of this is paid for via advertisements that are displayed on two 55-inch touch screen displays. Manhattan residents will be happy to know... Read more...
Time change at a rapid pace, and whereas it was once common to communicate with each other when out and about using a payphone, these days everyone owns a smartphone. Every wonder what happened to all those phone booths? In New York, they're being converted into free municipal Wi-Fi hotspots.It's part of an effort called LinkNYC. It's described as a first-of-its-kind communications network designed to bring fast municipal Wi-Fi to millions of New Yorkers and tourists at no cost. The network is being fleshed out through five boroughs at no cost to taxpayers. Instead, it will general hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for New York over the next 12 years primarily through advertising.New... Read more...
On Monday, the New City Mayor’s office announced plans to turn old payphones into free municipal WiFi spots. The plan, called LinkNYC, is expected to start offering fast, public WiFi to resident’s by the end of next year. LinkNYC is a public-private partnership between the City and CityBridge, a New York City-based consortium comprised of Qualcomm, Titan, Transit Wireless, and others. The system is called Links, which are hubs that will provide up to gigabit speeds for users and offer services such as free 24/7 internet access, free phone calls within the US, and access to 911 and 311. Users will also have access to a touchscreen tablet interface that will provide access to city services... Read more...