Google may turn NYC phone booths into Wi-Fi hubs

Google may turn NYC phone booths into Wi-Fi hubs (

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Google is one of the many companies vying to transform New York City’s increasingly anachronistic phone booths into Wi-Fi hot spots.

The search giant was present at an informational meeting held in May to discuss the project. Other big-name attendees include Samsung, Time Warner Cable, Cisco, and Verizon. Bloomberg reported news of the meeting attendees late last night.

The project was unveiled in 2012 by then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg as a way to repurpose the city’s more than 73,000 phone booths. In October, several of the city’s existing contracts with companies that maintain and operate public pay phones will expire, and the city is looking at alternative infrastructure plans. The companies that are trying to take over the pay phones are allowed to charge for phone service excluding calls to 911 and 311, the city’s informational phone line, but are barred from charging for Wi-Fi access.

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My Two Cents: Now this is a good idea.