New York Gets Ultrafast Public Wi-Fi From Link.NYC (video)

In a few months, New York City will make history: The city’s 8.5 million residents, along with tourists, will be able to access ultra-fast Wi-Fi anywhere in the city, at zero cost.

LinkNYC is a first-of-its-kind communications network that will replace over 7,500 pay phones across the five boroughs with new structures called Links. Each Link will provide superfast, free public Wi-Fi, phone calls, device charging and a tablet for Internet browsing, access to city services, maps and directions.

LinkNYC is brought to you by the City of New York and CityBridge, a NYC–based consortium of leading experts in technology, media, connectivity and user experience. The official website is located at Link.NYC.

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4 comments

  1. They actually already have some live ones but its mostly for testing, by summer they will have close to 500 of them in the city. It will start getting noticeable. Its giant, 10 feet high.

  2. This is fascinating, and potentially groundbreaking. I hope this becomes hugely successful and becomes a model for other cities. I believe Google has done something similar in select metro areas.

  3. That’s good news for .nyc investors as well. The use of link.nyc is fantastic. Hope it helps our .nyc portfolio.

  4. Wifi is by now a public good rather like the transit system. I remember 1 neighborhood on the outskirts of Seattle – surprisingly, far from the most affluent neighborhood, an area composed of recent immigrants and racial minorities – that voted for public WiFi a number of years back. It was a great way to level the playing field for education and business. Great for me too. Theoretically, I could climb up into the branches of a tree with my laptop and work alongside the birds.

    But NYC will set the precedent for bigger cities and more widespread implementation of public Wifi. Good news.

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