LinkNYC announced today that the world’s largest and fastest free public Wi-Fi network has added its millionth user less than a year after publicly launching on the streets of New York City. As of January 4th, over 1,040,000 people – more than the populations of San Jose, San Francisco, Seattle, or Denver – have signed up to use its gigabit Wi-Fi service, with approximately 40,000 people joining the network for the first time each week.
“Bringing free Wi-Fi to our sidewalks is an important piece of our efforts to increase internet access for all New Yorkers. It’s no surprise that people are using the LinkNYC program and are happy about the services it provides – ultrafast Wi-Fi, phone calls, and more – at no cost to taxpayers,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“With Link kiosks now in all five boroughs, we have helped more than a million New Yorkers and visitors get online at the fastest speeds available in New York City, for free.” said Jen Hensley, General Manager of LinkNYC. “Less than one year in, we are thrilled with the response to LinkNYC.”
LinkNYC By the Numbers (As of January 4, 2017)
Total Wi-Fi Users: 1,040,000
New Wi-Fi Sign-ups Per Week: 40,000
Wi-Fi Sessions Per Week: 4,000,000
Data downloaded by LinkNYC users since launch: 555,710 Gigabytes
Busiest day by users: Jan 4, 2017: 125,756 unique users
Busiest day by data transferred: Dec 31, 2016: 4,656 GB
New Yorkers Love LinkNYC
92% of New Yorkers believe LinkNYC it has positive benefits for New York City, according to a survey conducted by Sachs Insights of 1,000 people across the New York City region. Among those aware of LinkNYC:
78% have a favorable opinion of the network.
89% believe LinkNYC makes NYC more innovative than other cities.
89% appreciate that LinkNYC’s services are free thanks to advertising, which reaches over 11 million people weekly.
Where to Find the City’s Most Popular Link
The city’s most popular Link stands in Herald Square (at 1313 Broadway) and has served about 600,000 Wi-Fi sessions all by itself.
LinkNYC is the first-of-its-kind communications network replacing the city’s payphones to build the world’s fastest, largest free public Wi-Fi network at no cost to taxpayers. Since Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the public launch of LinkNYC in February, more than 600 Links have been installed across all five boroughs. Each Link provides New Yorkers with free, fast Wi-Fi, free domestic calling, two USB charging ports, Maps, and direct access to 911 and 311. CIVIQ Smartscapes is the exclusive manufacturer and supplier of the Link.