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NYC Launches Free Gigabit Speed Wi-Fi Network

TechCrunch

To the five boroughs: you’re getting free, superfast Wi-fi.

That’s right, New York City’s public spaces are going wireless thanks to a public-private consortium that’s bringing gigabit wi-fi connectivity through something called the LinkNYC network. The city estimates that the new Wi-fi capability, funded by advertising, will generate at least $500 million in revenue over the next 12 years.

The LinkNYC network is being put together by a consortium called CityBridge together with city government. CityBridge’s main players include the transit advertising company Titan; the advertising and design agency, Control Group, networking giant Qualcomm; and hardware manufacturer Comark. Partners on the New York side include the Mayor’s Office of Technology and Innovation and the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications.

The LinkNYC network will be more than 100 times faster than average municipal Wi-fi and 20 times faster than the average home internet service in…

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