LinkNYC’s free wi-fi kiosks started rolling out at the end of 2014. Supposedly 2 million people are now using the system — twice as many as in January. Frankly I find this hard to believe.
- My experience with the system is with the hoards of homeless and drug dealers they attract.
- They’re also popular as a dumping ground for garbage.
- I occasionally see some youthful tourists trying to charge their phones. It generally only takes a few minutes for them to figure out what a cesspool they’ve stumbled into.
- I have 3 kiosks within 2 blocks of where I live so am very familiar with how they function and how they’ve impacted my neighborhood.
- It is not a positive addition; my neighbors and I find zero to praise about them.
- Currently there are 1000 spread around the city. Another 6000 are planned.
In theory, having the city blanketed with ultrafast wi-fi is a great idea. In reality, it’s dreadful.
- For those of us who live in communities with a growing homeless population (which is pretty much all of NYC since homelessness is up 40% over the last year), this is not a very neighborly program.
- Even the mayor won’t take the subway until it’s been “swept” to get rid of the homeless.
- And now we have a company that wants to bring these beacons of homelessness right into each of our neighborhoods.
Read on below for highlights of the program – or check out full details from computerworld.com, here.