New York City is full of decrepit old phone booths, effectively useless except for as canvases for vandalism and urinals for homeless people -- but the LinkNYC project is going to give them a makeover.
LinkNYC is the ambitious plan to replace all of New York's obsolete phone booths with Wi-Fi-broadcasting towers. The towers, nicknamed 'Links,' will be able to provide 500 people at a time with free, public Wi-Fi. There will be around 10,000 of them around the city. Each tower will also provide two high-power USB outlets, which will be able to charge a phone to 10 percent in under two minutes. LinkNYC will be extremely high-speed, allowing users to download a high-definition movie in around 30 seconds.
Currently, there are 3.5 million New York City residents who don't have access to broadband Internet. The LinkNYC project will bring a new level of equality to the Big Apple and it will also boost participation in the marketplace, stimulating the economy of the city.