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article imageFree Wi-Fi coming to New York City

By Owen Weldon     Jun 29, 2015 in Technology
New York - Google is funding a project that is going to bring free Wi-Fi to New York City by turning disused phone booths into hotspots.
Sidewalk Labs is a startup backed by Google, and it was created last month to improve city life via technological innovation. The organization announced it will be investing into a project that will turn payphones into Wi-Fi hotspots. This means New Yorkers and tourists will be able to get free Wi-Fi if they are within range of one of these Wi-Fi pylons.
Sidewalk Labs is among a group of investors acquiring two firms based in New York that has been leading the effort in turning the disused payphones into thousands of Wi-Fi hotspots, as well as information kiosks. This is expected to take place later this year.
The booths will also let you make free nationwide calls, as well as provide you with transport updates and everything else you need to know about New York.
The booths will allow you to charge your cell phones and each booth will have a range of 150 feet. If the project is a success in NYC, then Google plans on bringing the concept to other cities around the world.
Each pylon will show advertising on the side, which is expected to bring in around $500 million in ad revenue to the city over the course of 12 years.
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