NYC to get free Google WiFi soon


Fortune reports on LinkNYC, the project to bring free WiFi to all five boroughs of the city:

Each Link will also put out a strong 400-foot Wi-Fi signal with a top speed of 1 Gbps, depending on network congestion.

When New York decided to build the Link network, it contracted with a group of four companies: Qualcomm; the chip designer Comark, which builds the physical kiosks; Titan, a display advertising firm; and Control Group, which was the company leading the strategy for the effort. In June, Google’s Sidewalk Labs subsidiary was a investor in the move that resulted in Titan and Control Group merging to become Intersection.

Each Link kiosk will also have USB ports for charging and two large screens to display advertisement (after all, it’s a Google product).

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