City Uses Public Pay Phones For Free Wi-Fi Hook Up
The city has announced a new effort to wire up New Yorkers with free Wi-Fi. The new program utilizes existing public pay phones located near busy intersections and high traffic pedestrian plazas fitted with Wi-Fi antennas that will provide free Internet service within 200 feet. There are more than 12,000 pay phones in the five boroughs and Rachel Sterne, the city’s chief digital officer, said the city plans to find uses for these pay phone kiosks throughout the city. Currently Queens residents can obtain free Wi-Fi in the borough’s libraries and from booths like the one seen here on Steinway Street just East of 31st Avenue in Astoria.–Joyce Vetere Milowski
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