New York City to Get Free Public Wi-Fi

By Robert Waldner on 19 November 2014
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Manhattan's Times Square

Manhattan’s Times Square

New York City announced that it plans to replace public payphones with Links, hubs that provide free public Wi-Fi Internet. The project, called LinkNYC, will generate an estimated more than $500 million in revenue for the city in the first 12 years.

The city plans to add 10,000 Links, which will offer gigabit speeds from a Wi-Fi network. Links will also provide free domestic phone calls, a charging station for phones, access to 311 and 911, and a touchscreen tablet interface to access directions and city services.

In addition, LinkNYC will offer an encrypted network connection for users.

The first Links are expected to be in use by the second half of 2015.

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