You may have heard about New York’s plan to create a city-wide free public wifi network based on freestanding kiosks. Well, yesterday the roll-out of the project began . The initial four units—on 3rd Avenue between 15th and 19th streets—from LinkNYC are the test units for the planned 7,500 kiosk system. By mid-summer, the city hopes to have at least 500 hubs functioning.
All you will need to sign-in to the free system is a valid email address. Each kiosk will include a touch screen tablet, two USB charging ports, two 55-inch ad screens (to subsidize the project), a phone system for 911 calls and free nationwide phone calling via Vonage, and of course free gigabit wifi with a 150 foot range.