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NYC Bringing Wireless Internet to Pay Phone Kiosks

NYC Bringing Wireless Internet to Pay Phone Kiosks

NYC Bringing Wireless Internet to Pay Phone Kiosks Guian Bolisay, flickr

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The signal would extend out a couple of hundred feet.

Pay phone kiosks - the remnants of days gone by - are set to get a new lease on life in New York City.

They'll serve as the hosts of wireless Internet hotspots.  The city is introducing a pilot program in about 10 locations. It hopes to eventually expand it to nearly 12,000 kiosks throughout the five boroughs. The signal would extend out a couple of hundred feet.  The initiative was announced Wednesday.  It's part of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's NYC Digital initiative. The city's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications is working with several pay phone companies