Last year, New York City introduced LinkNYC, its innovative plan to turn the city’s payphone infrastructure into a network of 10,000 gigabit Wi-Fi hotspots. Google has since bought into the key players behind the plan, and hopes to help scale the model to more cities.
The LinkNYC project will continue exactly as planned: There are supposed to be 500 hotspots installed by the end of 2015, and 4000 by the end of 2016. The grand total will be up to 10,000 total hotspots across five boroughs. The goal is to try to scale the LinkNYC model to other cities. That could mean a number of things. Most obviously it could mean Wi-Fi hotspot networks in more cities.