Google’s grab for the sidewalk has begun with the rollout of LinkNYC free public Wi-Fi

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New York is finally getting its promised 5G gigabit Wi-Fi as the city starts upgrading payphone booths with the latest tech thanks to a public-private partnership that Google managed to get a slice of in an acquisition made earlier this year. Starting in beta today, up to 10,000 kiosks will get equipped with a touchscreen tablet for free internet and calls, a USB charging point and free Wi-Fi up to 20-times faster than the average broadband service. The advertising-funded Wi-Fi has been touted to work within a 150 foot radius and users can jump from hub to hub as they travel through the…

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