Link Stations to provide free wi-fi to New Yorkers
NEW YORK CITY — Soon, New York City will be saying au revoir to outdated and dirty old pay phones and welcoming super-fast, free wi-fi kiosks.
The kiosks are dubbed Link station, and the first two were recently unveiled on Manhattan’s Third Avenue in the East Village. The Link stations will come equipped with free one gigabit wi-fi, domestic calling, Internet browsing, an Android tablet and even USB charging. Five hundred are expected to be rolled out throughout the city by summer, with another 4,500 over the next four years.
Operated by a private consortium called CityBridge, the model is monetized by advertising and is expected to eventually expand to other cities. Installation and upkeep is a massive infrastructure endeavor, however, involving hundreds of miles of fiber optic line located underneath the city streets.
The projected is budgeted to cost more than $200 million and which will initially be funded by private investors. Over the next 10 years, the advertising business model is expected to reap more than $500 million for the city, or 50 percent of total revenue, whichever is higher.
Source: Fast CoExist