Free, high-speed Wi-Fi hotspots launch in NYC

LinkNWK lands on New Jersey sidewalks

Newark, N.J., will be installing 45 kiosks that provide free gigabit Wi-Fi, mobile-device charging and other services on sidewalks across the city.

Contracting with Intersection, one of the companies behind similar programs in New York, Philadelphia and London, the LinkNWK kiosks will run on Newark Fiber, the city’s public–private gigabit data network.

In New York, the rectangular kiosks feature advertising and information on city services as well as charging stations, real-time local information on city streets, an integrated tablet to provide access to selected websites and a phone allowing free calls to all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

Like LinkNYC, the project is being funded at “no cost to taxpayers,” according to Intersection, which says advertising will also cover costs associated with repairing and upgrading the system. There could also be additional revenue to put toward future smart city projects, Intersection predicted.

New York City has connected more than 1,700 LinkNYC kiosks since 2016, but it has ambitions of reaching 7,500 kiosks by 2020 in its effort to build citywide free Wi-Fi network. On April 4 the city launched a pilot project to add bus arrival times for stops near kiosk locations.

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Matt Leonard is a reporter/producer at GCN.

Before joining GCN, Leonard worked as a local reporter for The Smithfield Times in southeastern Virginia. In his time there he wrote about town council meetings, local crime and what to do if a beaver dam floods your back yard. Over the last few years, he has spent time at The Commonwealth Times, The Denver Post and WTVR-CBS 6. He is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where he received the faculty award for print and online journalism.

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