New York public wifi hotspots: installation begins

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015. Filed under: Destinations Science & Technology
New York City gets free wifi hubs ©Andrey Bayda/shutterstock.com

New York City gets free wifi hubs
©Andrey Bayda/shutterstock.com

(Relaxnews) – First announced in July 2014, New York is now getting public wifi hubs throughout the city. Installation began on December 28, the Verge reports.

The Big Apple’s first free wifi hub has been installed in the East Village, although New Yorkers will have to wait a few weeks until it can be used. The gigabit wifi hotspots, called LinkNYC, will replace pay phones. In all, over 7500 are planned throughout the city.

Once the hubs move out of their beta phase, users should be able to access the internet from up to 150 meters away. The booths will also contains USB charging ports, touchscreen web browsing and advertising screens. Future features include free calls and a headphone jack for privacy.

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