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Around 500 sidewalk kiosks will replace payphones by mid-summer, creating a network of high-speed Wi-Fi hotspots across the city.
New York City began replacing 7,500-plus payphones with “link connection points” this week to create a long-planned free-to-access, gigabit Wi-Fi network that Mayor Bill de Blasio promised in November 2014.
Links will generate more than $500 million in advertising revenue, according to City Hall, over 12 years—more than covering the network cost.
About 500 links will be installed throughout New York City by mid-July 2016, The Verge reported, with one to two weeks of testing needed before they go live.
Accessing the Wi-Fi hotspots can occur within 150 feet of a link, which also have USB ports for charging, a touchscreen tablet for browsing and two advertising displays.
Dave Nyczepir is a News Editor for Government Executive’s Route Fifty.