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NYC Getting Linked In During 2015

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By the end of 2015, the first installations of New York City’s LinkNYC initiative is expected to be operational. LinkNYC is a mobile communications network that will bring the municipal Wi-Fi to millions throughout the city’s five boroughs, once the envisioned 10,000 kiosks (“Links”) are put in place. The networks is aimed at replacing New York City pay phones with 10,000 Links, over the next eight years. Each Link will provide free services such as Internet access and phone calls. The structures will also feature tactile key pads and braille lettering, USB charging ports, and 911 and 311 calling. A free service to users, the system will be funded through advertising revenue. LinkNYC is being provided by CityBridge, LLC in accordance with the terms of a franchise agreement granted by the City of New York in December 2014. The city’s Franchise and Concession Review Committee unanimously approved a non-exclusive franchise agreement that authorizes CityBridge to install, operate and maintain public communications structures. In November 2014, CityBridge was selected by the city through a competitive request for proposals (RFP) process. Click to enlarge (credit: Intersection) In June 2015 Google CEO, Larry Page, announced an incubator for city technology entitled Sidewalk Labs. The company, with a group of other investors, then acquired intersection (a merged firm made up of Control Group and Yitan). The LinkNYC project continues through a joint venture (CityBridge), which includes Intersection, Qualcomm and Comark. The proposed Link structures were designed by award-winning Antenna Design team Masamichi Udagawa and Sigi Moeslinger to complement and enhance the New York landscape. CityBridge has committed to establishing a facility for local production and repair in New York City, ensuring that the sleek, durable aluminum structures will be manufactured and assembled within the five boroughs. The LinkNYC program is expected to create 100 to 150 new full-time jobs in manufacturing, technology and advertising, as well as an estimated 650 support jobs. Other posts by Anne Cosgrove NOTE:This is a summary of a post found on Real Street Tech | The Smart Place For CRE.Parts of it may be missing. View the full original article at: