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08.25.14 Sophie Weiner

According to city records, 35% of New York’s 8,894 public phones are broken. The Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications has stated that Verizon may be in part at fault for the mass failure, as the company is largely responsible for repair of public phones and hasn’t stepped up to fix them in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Despite their state […]

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07.22.14 Sophie Weiner

Several companies are looking to turn NYC’s outmoded phone booths into wifi hotspots. Google was one among 50 companies in attendance at an informational meeting earlier this year, according to the city’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications — along with IBM, Samsung and Cisco. But Google has already demonstrated these ambitions, as shown by their widely publicized launch of the biggest […]

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07.11.12 David Lumb

Some of the 12,400 phone kiosks across the city will be spruced up for use as more than toilets of the homeless–instead, you’ll be able to tap into the rusted, fecal totems for gloriously free WiFi. The program will eventually extend to all five boroughs, says the Department of Information Technology & Telecommunications, and though […]

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