Thanks to a credit facility from Sterling National Bank, New Yorkers will be able to connect, charge and make video calls—even if they accidentally leave their phones at home. Mayor Bill de Blasio launched the city’s rollout of the LinkNYC initiative, in partnership with CityBridge Consortium, in early 2016. Google’s smart-cities research unit, Sidewalk Lab, initially helped fuel the program, which will connect New Yorkers to free Wi-Fi across all five boroughs by July 2016.
The first dozen 10-foot structures, which emit a 150-foot radius of Wi-Fi, were installed in March. The kiosks are replacing the city’s aging pay phones—offering free Wi-Fi, domestic phone service, web browsing capabilities, and charging ports. Sterling National Bank is proud to be affiliated with this breakthrough program that will significantly improve the connectivity of fellow New Yorkers.