New York City's Wi-Fi kiosks have provided users with $15 million worth of free internet service

The 934 Link kiosks that dot the New York City landscape have provided a ton of free data to New Yorkers. The kiosks started operations early last year, and since that time period over one petabyte of data has been employed by mobile device owners in the Big Apple. Based on current rates, that is equivalent to more than $15 million of broadband internet connectivity that has been received for free in New York City.

To give you a better idea of how much data that is, one petabyte is equivalent to one million gigabytes. The amount of data that New Yorkers have used, thanks to the kiosks, is the equivalent of 10.9 billion emails or 1.1 million hours of streamed video. The LinkNYC kiosk locations include 627 units in Manhattan, 108 in Queens, 102 in Brooklyn, 68 in the Bronx, and 29 on Staten Island.

The kiosks are a creative way to make use of the payphone booths that were made obsolete with the growing use of smartphones. With 20% of New Yorkers living in an area without internet service, the kiosks provide the only way for many in the city to enjoy a broadband internet connection.


Each kiosk features a pair of screens that run paid advertisements. A USB port allows users to charge up their handset or tablet, and an attached Android tablet gives those without their own mobile device, an opportunity to surf the web, check emails, etc. The Wi-Fi signal provides broadband connectivity within a 150-foot range from the kiosk.

source: NYDailyNews

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8 Comments

1. phonehome

Posts: 812; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Even the dregs of NYC need WiFi (not referring to the politicians who had it before everyone).

2. artificialintelligence

Posts: 166; Member since: Dec 05, 2015

Free wifi so spy on you #illuminati

3. boriqua2000

Posts: 258; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

I still prefer the homeless people wifi hotspots that they had a while back. Turning homeless people into hotspots was a brilliant idea. Damn liberals don't let us do anything.

4. dmitrilp_

Posts: 330; Member since: Sep 12, 2016

Free? right... the same people using it are paying it through taxes, nothing is free sir.

5. bambamboogy02

Posts: 838; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

Getting something back from those already paid taxes is better than nothing, sir.

8. JC557

Posts: 1919; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

Yes but even those given welfare/ subsidies benefit as well and some of the hot spots have enough coverage for indoor use.

6. p51d007

Posts: 704; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

It ain't "free"...someone is paying for it! TAXES

7. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

15million USD for one petabyte? one petabyte = 1million gigabyte so it's 15 USD per gigabyte? meanwhile 500Mbps FO in my place cost around $30/month

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