With the activation of two Link Wi-Fi kiosks in the New Dorp neighborhood of Staten Island, CityBridge and New York City’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) announced today that LinkNYC is now live in all five boroughs.
Since Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the public launch of LinkNYC in February, nearly 600 Links have been installed across all five boroughs.
Anne Roest, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications (DoITT) told us “We’re incredibly thrilled to bring LinkNYC to Staten Island. The free services that LinkNYC provides – superfast Wi-Fi, USB charging, City and emergency services, and phone calls – will now be available to Staten Island residents and visitors alike. With active Links now in all five boroughs, it will be exciting to see all New Yorkers taking advantage of this ambitious, first-of-its kind network as it continues to grow citywide”.
Jen Hensley, General Manager of LinkNYC said “The fastest internet in New York City is on the streets, and it’s completely free. We are so proud that Link is now live in all five boroughs. With millions of Wi-Fi sessions every week, residents and visitors are using the network every day to get online at superfast speeds, make free phone calls, charge personal devices, access City services, and more. The response from New Yorkers has been incredible, and we are working closely with the City to continue to grow the network throughout the five boroughs”.
LinkNYC’s roll out is following the installation of high-speed fiber optic cables throughout the city. Users will be able to stay connected with superfast Wi-Fi, even as they move through the five boroughs. The Administration worked closely with the Borough Presidents to determine a guaranteed number of Links in each borough – as outlined in the franchise agreement with CityBridge – to ensure this project would reach neighborhoods across the five boroughs. New Yorkers can see where Links are being installed and get more information here.