Free Wi-Fi for Everybody November 21 2014
The unused and old style pay phones around the city will soon be re-animated as WiFi kiosks.
Called "Links," the kiosks will have a touchscreens and charging stations and will have access to 9-1-1 and 3-1-1, public service announcements and free phone calls to U.S. numbers. Large digital advertising panels will pay for the converted tech spaces, meaning the creation of these helpful hubs will be completely free to New Yorkers and its visitors. When the system is completely built out four years from now, Links spaced about a block apart will provide a cloud of gigabit-speed wifi access .
The LinkNYC plan will stretch across all five boroughs there will be 10,000 Link stations, with 500 becoming available next year. About 6,400 stations will be made from old phone booths. Three original phone booths, all on the Upper West Side, will be preserved for nostalgia's sake.
The de Blasio administration announced on Monday a plan to build the world’s fastest free urban wifi system in the world and Clark Kent will have have to find a new place to slip into his Superman costume.