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LinkNYC looks set to bring free WiFi to all of New York

LinkNYC looks set to bring free WiFi to all of New York

NYC's old pay phone stations put to good use

Editor: Buro 24/7


Apparently due to be up and running by the end of 2015, LinkNYC is shaping up as a perfect plan... So long as your device supports it, that is
  • Manhattan and the rest of New York City has announced a bold new plans to transform old pay phone stations and bring free internet to the public. Dubbed LinkNYC, it will serve as one of the largest public WiFi experiments of all time, with 10,000 pylons being installed throughout the city. 

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    • The cost of the service will reportedly come from advertising, which means it won't cost the taxpayers, and in its first 12 years it is estimated that it will generate more than $500 million in revenue for the city.

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    • More details about the projects are still relatively hush hush, but a press release sent out this week does say that the internet speeds will be "100 times faster than the average public WiFi and more than 20 times faster than the average home Internet service in NYC. Downloading a two-hour HD movie can take as little as 30 seconds."

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      • As well as offering internet at "up to gigabit speeds", the pylons will also let you charge your phone and feature a "touchscreen tablet interface to access city services, directions, and more." The plan is apparently in place for each 'Link' to be operational by the end of next year.

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