City one step closer to replacing payphones with wi-fi

November 20, 2014 Heather Chin
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The effort to create a municipal wi-fi network throughout all five boroughs is one step closer to reality now that the city chose tech-company-consortium CityBridge’s proposal to win the contract.

The network would be funded through ad revenues and generate $500 million over the next 12 years. It requires approval from the city Franchise and Concession Review Committee.

If approved, construction will begin in early 2015 and eventually include up to 10,000 Links, many of which would replace old-school payphones.

CityBridge members include Titan, Qualcomm, Comark and Control Group. Its extended team includes Transit Wireless and Antenna Design.

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