LinkNYC - the first-of-its-kind communications network that will replace over 7,500 pay phones across the five boroughs with new structures called Links - has now reached 5 million users in just two years!
CIVIQ is proud to be a part of this initiative which is bringing connectivity and beneficial services to New Yorkers.
Each Link provides superfast, free public Wi-Fi, phone calls, device charging and a tablet for access to city services, maps and directions. With a 2014 study by the Office of the New York City Comptroller finding that 27% of NYC residents surveyed - 40% of whom had less than a high school education - lacked broadband at home - LinkNYC provides that essential connectivity to apply for jobs, do schoolwork, and take advantage of social services.
Some other key statistics that were achieved with this milestone:
- Roughly 1,600 links across New York boroughs
- 1 billion sessions
- 500,000 phone calls a month.
Intersection Senior Consumer Marketing Manager Amanda Giddon spoke of the opportunities the Links bring to Yorkers “We have an opportunity to communicate with people as they navigate their day. My mandate is to help make Link a part of the community through content and content strategy — really, anything that [makes] New Yorkers feel like tourists in their own city [or] even help tourists feel like New Yorkers through useful, actionable information.”
Initiative such as advertising local events, supporting local businesses, and even Art On Link have helped do that.