Originally published on Huffington Post UK on June 26, 2015 by Thomas Tamblyn.
Imagine a city that's one giant WiFi hotspot. Great right? Now imagine that it's free as well.
Google has unveiled a plan to roll out free WiFi to everyone in New York by converting over 10,000 phone booths into portable hotspots.
The search giant set up a company called Sidewalk Labs with the simple aim of finding a cost-effective method of creating a city-wide WiFi network that would be progressive while also using existing infrastructure.
Well if there's one piece of existing infrastructure that needed updating it was the humble phone booth. Having been previously relegated to the past Sidewalk's plan is to replace the phone booths with high-tech information kiosks.
Working together with another company called LinkNYC, the plan is to rollout these high-tech booths which provide touchscreen access to city information as well as free WiFi.
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