Free Public WiFi now available as a part of LinkNYC

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CIVIQ Smartscapes is proud to announce that free public WiFi is now available in the first Links in New York City. This is another great milestone in the rollout of LinkNYC across the city.

View Joshua Berglund, Engineering Program Manager, CIVIQ Smartscapes in New York City making the first announcement.

Joshua Berglund on LinkNYC

The announcement was also covered in the news around the world - and receiving great headlines such as "LinkNYC's free gigabit WiFi is here, and it is glorious - It's so fast it'll make you hate your ISP" from Engaget!

Click below to see more articles covering the announcement.

Wall Street Journal: The Future of Public Wi-FI: What to Do Before Using Free, Fast Hot Spots

Bloomberg: New York’s Super-Fast Wi-Fi Is Live, and Free

Gizmodo: NYC’s New Public Wifi Is Obscenely Fast

The Verge: New York’s first public Wi-Fi hubs are now live

Engadget: LinkNYC’s free gigabit Wi-Fi is here, and it is glorious

PSFK: NYC’s East Side Gets Connected, Here’s What You Need to Know

Business Insider: We tested out the new free WiFi hotspots in New York City that used to be old pay phones

Curbed: Four of NYC’s New Wi-Fi Kiosks Are Now Live in Gramercy

The Next Web: New York’s free public Wi-Fi offers screaming fast 300Mbps speeds

Tech Times: New York City’s LinkNYC High-Speed Wi-Fi Is Blazing Fast

Christian Science Monitor: New York City’s first free phone-booths-turned-Wi-Fi hubs go live

Consumer Affairs: New York’s public wi-fi network goes live

Travel Pulse: New York Finally Experiences First Flow Of Free Wi-Fi With LinkNYC

SlashGear: LinkNYC free gigabit Wi-Fi starts beta with mind-blowing speeds

Ubergizmo: LinkNYC Free Wi-Fi Kiosks Go Through Beta Testing

Phone Arena: LinkNYC’s blazing fast Wi-Fi kiosks debut for beta testing with download speeds as fast as 280Mbps

PoliticoNY: First LinkNYC stations go live on Third Avenue

PC Mag: LinkNYC Wi-Fi Hotspots Tested: They Crush Starbucks

Information Week: LinkNYC WiFi Hotspots Kick Off

Popular Science: This Is What It’s Like To use NYC’s New Free Public Wi-Fi

Inverse: NYC’s Free Public WiFi Moves at Warp Speed

The Verge: How secure are New York City’s new Wi-Fi hubs?

Hot Hardware: New York’s LinkNYC Hubs Deliver Sizzling 300Mbps Free Public Wi-Fi And More

FierceWireless: LinkNYC’s free Wi-Fi could threaten cellular carriers with Passpoint roaming, speedy connections

TechSpot: New York’s insanely fast public Wi-Fi hubs are now live

Gadget Review: LinkNYC: Free Wi-Fi for Everyone, No Joke

RCR Wireless: New York unleashes 300 Mbps free public Wi-Fi

DSLReports: New York’s Free Gigabit Wi-Fi Clocking in At 280 Mbps

DNAinfo: Four Free High-Speed Wi-Fi Hotspots Activated on LES

Apple Insider: New York City Gains Public Gigabit Wi-Fi Through First LinkNYC Kiosks

Tom’s Guide: Trending in Tech: NYC Wi-Fi Rocks

International coverage includes:

Express Computer (India): First and fastest public Wi-Fi hubs are now live in New York


Japan: Gizmodo Japan

China: CNBeta

Denmark: Version2



Indonesia: DNAberita

About LinkNYC

LinkNYC is the result of a public-private partnership between the New York City Mayor’s Office, the NYC Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications and CityBridge. As part of the consortium CityBridge, CIVIQ Smartscapes designed and manufactured terminals to replace outdated telephone booths. These new elements of urban tech amenities will give users unprecedented access to free 24/7 public Wi-Fi, free phone calls anywhere in the U.S., free mobile charging stations and more, while at the same time generating more than $500 million in revenue for the city over the first 12 years. The LinkNYC project has already won recognition as one of the Harvard Kennedy School’s 2015 “Bright Ideas,” conferred by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. For more information, visit

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