Today New York has officially launched its pilot program to bring free public Wi-Fi to payphones across the city. We heard wind of this initiative before, but it’s only now bearing fruit. So far, the city has given 10 kiosks the special treatment across three boroughs (soon to be five), with a particular focus on Manhattan.
This move follows countless recent initiatives in NYC to modernize and turn the media capital into a startup capital as well. Only yesterday, we covered the city’s announcement of NYC Generation Tech, a mentorship program to turn NY high schoolers into innovators. Before that, we’ve followed the efforts to bring WiFi and cellphone service into our sticky subway stations."