Stats are as of September 2018. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the most up-to-date figures.
5+ million registered Wi-Fi users
20 million Wi-Fi sessions per week
500,000+ phone calls made each month
1700+ Links across the 5 boroughs
In 2014 the de Blasio Administration issued a competitive RFP to repurpose payphone infrastructure with free Wi-Fi, phone calls and advertising. The CityBridge proposal for LinkNYC was chosen for its innovative and community-first approach and was awarded the 12-year franchise.
CityBridge is a consortium of experts in technology, media, user experience and connectivity that includes managing partner Intersection, Qualcomm and CIVIQ Smartscapes.
Antenna Design is responsible for the iconic physical design of the Link.
Free Gigabit Wi-Fi
LinkNYC is bringing free, super fast Wi-Fi to New York City.
Each gigabit Link is powered by an all-new, purpose-built fiber optic network that delivers speeds up to 100 times faster than average public Wi-Fi.
CityBridge is building hundreds of miles of new fiber optic cable that is delivering gigabit connectivity to Links in all five boroughs.
Each Link can support hundreds of Wi-Fi users simultaneously.
5 Borough Network
7,500 Link kiosks will be installed across all five boroughs over the next several years. To see where Links have been installed, visit the Find a Link map.
Free Phone Calls to Anywhere in the US
New Yorkers and visitors can make free phone calls to anywhere in the U.S. through each Link’s tablet, including access to 311, 911 and 411.
International phone calls can be made using calling cards.
Calls can be made using Link’s directional speaker or personal headphones.
Every Link is equipped with a red 911 call button for direct access to a 911 emergency operator.
Access City Services and Get Maps and Directions
Through the tablet, people can access City and nonprofit services and get maps and directions.
Additional apps and services are rolled out on an ongoing basis.
Informative and Engaging Content
LinkNYC’s unique programming provides New Yorkers with useful and enriching information on the go, including local bus arrival times, wayfinding tips around major events, information about the nearest poll site during elections, fun facts about New York City, and more.
Power-up Personal Devices
Each Link features two free USB charging ports to charge devices.
USB ports are connected to a power source only and cannot exchange data between a personal device
and a Link.
Tough Enough for NYC
Each Link is built to withstand extreme heat and cold, rain, snow and flooding, earthquakes, vandalism
and theft –- all while conforming to ADA standards.