New York to get citywide high-speed Wi-Fi
The City of New York is proposing to replace its obsolescent system of public pay phones with a network of high-speed, multi-purpose Wi-Fi kiosks called Links throughout the Five Boroughs.The proposal aims to fund the entire system through advertising which will forego taxpayer subsidy and will “... generate more than $500 million in revenue for the City over the next 12 years.”
According to the Links website, the system will deliver:
• Always-on free Internet with “up to gigabit speeds”
• Free national phone calls
• A touchscreen to access public offices and provide directions
• Direct access to emergency and city services
• A charging station for mobile devices
Of course, it will also be a location for digital advertising and public service announcements.
Links claims that the completed service will be 100 times faster than average public Wi-Fi, and 20 times faster than the usual New York City home Internet.
The project is being implemented by a consortium called CityBridge which consists of Titan, Qualcomm, Comark and other companies.
Construction will begin in 2015 and will eventually install as many as 10,000 Links throughout the city.
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