New York City made good on its promise from November 2014 and recently began to install the first of LinkNYC access points across the city. The hubs update standard public phone booths, modifying them so that they become gigabit Wi-Fi access points. Officials said that 500 of these hubs would be installed by this July, and that individual hubs would need one or two weeks of testing before allowing New Yorkers to get online.
The full network will one day number 7500 hubs, each one an upgraded public phone booth. The installations will also include USB charging ports, touchscreen web browsing, and dual, 55-inch advertising displays, and the city expects the hubs to make millions of dollars from ad revenue over the next decade or so. “Affordable access to broadband for all New Yorkers (is) essential for everything we need to do to be a fair and just city,” NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio noted.