Free Gigabit WiFi in New York City by the End of 2015

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All five boroughs of New York are due to have free WiFi by the end of next year, as promised the NYC Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation’s new tech partnership. The LinkNYC project, as it will be known, will provide free gigabit WiFi across the city, and includes plans for free phone calls within the US, free phone charging stations, and touchscreen interfaces to help users to navigate the city, all housed within a singular unit designed to replace the street’s payphones.

LinkNYC has been made possible through partnership between the NYC Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation, the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, and a New York-based consortium CityBridge. The project will be funded through advertising revenue.

A press release from CityBridge and LinkNYC said, “LinkNYC is a first-of-its-kind communications network that will bring the fastest available municipal Wi-Fi to millions of New Yorkers and visitors.”

Work on the LinkNYC network will start next year, with the first Link hubs due to be operational before the end of the year.

Source: Business Insider

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