NYC is a Step Closer to Turning Payphones Into Free Wi-Fi Hotspots

July 25, 2014

1:34 pm

Earlier this week, bids were due to the City of New York for a city planning initiative that would turn 10,000 of NYC’s old payphones into free wireless Internet kiosks. According to the GigaOm, 60 companies participated in the NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) planning meeting that happened in May. Google, Cisco Systems, IBM, Motorola Solutions and Samsung were among those companies – and they may all have submitted bids to try to take on the initiative. Nothing’s certain, though, but with the closing of bids this week, the city is one step closer to recycling all of the unused payphones laying around.

(Lead image via GigaOm)

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