Social Media Agency, fishbat, Gives a Rundown of NYC’s New Payphone Wi-Fi Hotspots

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New York City has launched a plan to turn the rarely-used payphones into Wi-Fi hotspots for anyone within distance. The service is entirely free for anyone close enough to access it. New York City wants to make the space payphones take up still practical in today’s digitally connected world.

On July 13, 2012, social media agency, fishbat, Inc., released a statement regarding New York City's newest initiative to turn a piece of technology that most consider dated into an innovative way for the public to use the internet.

The rise of cell phones may have cause some people to think payphones are obsolete. New York City has launched an initiative that aims to turn that opinion around. The NYC Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications has begun converting payphone kiosks into Wi-Fi hotspots. There is currently free Wi-Fi available at all of the public parks in the city, but this new move is bringing that free Wi-Fi out onto the streets. Anyone close enough to the payphone kiosk will be able to log in and begin surfing the web without a hassle.

Currently there are only ten Wi-Fi capable payphones across New York City, but there are 12,360 payphones in the city that can be converted as a part of the program. Mayor Bloomberg believes very strongly in turning New York City into a fully-connected digital world.

Sida Li, Social Media Director at fishbat, says “I think this is a great move for New York City. Today’s world is one that is constantly connected and the biggest city in the country should definitely be at the forefront of the Wi-Fi revolution. I think people should always be able to access the Internet, no matter where they are. The more people are online the easier I can do my job.”

According to Mashable the connection speed of these kiosks is also fairly good. They were able to get a speed of 6.08mpbs down and .07mpbs up when they connected to a kiosk in the city. The Internet service providers responsible for keeping the payphone kiosks connected are Titan and Van Wagner.

fishbat, Inc. is a full service online marketing firm. Through social media management, search engine optimization (SEO), web design, and public relations, fishbat strives as a marketing firm to raise awareness about your brand and strengthen your corporate image.

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