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December 29, 2015

New York to Build Long-Awaited Gigabit Hubs

There is very little doubt that we’re approaching the next stage of super-fast internet speeds. Gigabit speeds are being rolled out all over the United States, thanks in large part to a push by Google Fiber. While the South is unexpectedly moving in the right direction when it comes to this technology, the North is also finally making good on its promises. Such is the case with New York City, which is rolling out its Gigabit Internet service after many months of promises that it was coming “soon.”

Even better news for New Yorkers is that the Gigabit service will be available to the average citizen, not just businesses. The public Wi-Fi is getting the connectivity boost, according to the Verge. On Monday, it was confirmed that workers have officially started installing the first LinkNYC access points in New York. This is after the installation was announced back in November of 2014.

When the full installation has been completed, there will be more than 7,500 public hubs throughout NYC, which will be replacing preexisting phone booths. Not only are the hubs going to be offering super-fast Internet, but there will also be places for people to charge their devices using their USB cords. There will also be two 55-inch advertising displays which the city believes will generate about $500 million in revenue over the next 12 years.

The construction of these hubs comes just under the self-imposed deadline. When LinkNYC announced the project in 2014, they said it would be done “next year.” While there were certainly some people who thought they might miss the deadline, the beginning of the project on December 28, 2015 still counts. Now New Yorkers will just have to watch and wait until all 7,500 hubs are operational.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

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