How long has it been since you stepped into a phone booth or used a pay phone in New York City?  Months?  Years?  Ever?

ImageWell, according to reports by Time and Engadget, those ancient relics of communication are being repurposed into something much more useful.  Yesterday, Mayor Bill de Blasio released his proposal to convert pay phones and phone booths across all five boroughs of New York City into WiFi hotspots.

The project could result in 10,000 new public communication points, with the primary offering being free WiFi!  In addition, the converted pay phones could include cell phone charging stations, touch screen information centers and more, all part of an initiative to make NYC the most wireless friendly city in the world.

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As a startup that is proudly Made in New York, and accelerated by Techstars NYC, our dream is to bring free WiFi to all the public places that people spend time in.  It’s great to see the leadership of our city share that dream, and as the project moves forward we hope to help accomplish our common goal of making NYC more tech friendly with free WiFi.

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A phone booth in Columbus Circle, New York City showcases a potential Free WiFi hub on May 2, 2014.

To learn more about how SocialSign.in uses free WiFi to help businesses build stronger relationships with a network of connected customers, contact us today.