NEW YORK: LinkNYC, an announced network to cover New York City with free Wi-Fi service have begun installing the first access points in the city.
The plan was announced by the mayor’s office on November 17, 2014. It aims to bring free, encrypted, gigabit wireless internet coverage to the five boroughs by converting old payphones into hotspot points.
According to The Verge, 500 other hubs are set to be installed throughout the city by mid-July.
It is widely anticipated that one or two weeks of testing would take place before New Yorkers will be able to use the hubs to get online.
The full network will install more than 7,500 public hubs in the entire New York, and will replace pre-existing phone booths.