The Big Apple loves going big for its citizens, and now, it's doing so technologically. A new initiative is set to bring NYC "the fastest and largest free municipal Wi-Fi deployment in the world."
According to theverge.com, the new LinkNYC program will supplant public pay phones with wifi-enabled kiosks that operate 24/7 (because the city doesn't sleep, just like the internet.) The extremely useful e-encampments will also provide free domestic phone calls and access to information on a host of city services (yes tourists, that includes directions.)
|"GIVE ME CUPCAKES...oh wait, it's not one of those cupcake ATMs. Well...GIVE ME DIRECTIONS TO CUPCAKES."|
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Funded by ad revenue from the kiosk's lit-up sides, the machines are to operate at significant speeds using gigabit Wi-Fi, which according to planners "is more than a 100 times faster than the average public Wi-Fi and more than 20 times faster than the average home Internet service in NYC." Yes, this probably means a lot of people will use it for naughty purposes, even (or especially) due to the public location.
|Of course, this is NYC, so some will just remain dirty with no help from the internet.|
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The program's intent is to have the first wave of machines operational by the second half of 2015, with 10,000 LinkNYC stations eventually accessible from all five boroughs (yeah, even you, Staten Island.)
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