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