24/7 free WiFi access in New York City telephone kiosks? No, you’re not dreaming!
The pilot program to offer free broadband access via public payphone kiosks is part of the Bloomberg administration’s “efforts to promote greater digital inclusion for New Yorkers,” which also includes wireless at schools, libraries, and senior centers.
The first location is at West 58th Street and Broadway, with at least 10 other locations throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn (545 Albee Square and 2 Smith Street), and Queens (30-94 Steinway Street, Astoria).
Plans are in place to open locations in the Bronx and Staten Island, and NYC officials hope to spread public WiFi throughout the city, which includes more than 12,000 payphones in about 9,000 locations.
It’s costing about $2,000 per location, but what is this going to really cost the average citizen in terms of online privacy protections?
Turns out, it could be a lot more than $2,000. Read More