Interactive Urban Connectivity
In 2016, Link began in New York City as part of an ambitious program to replace the City’s aging payphone infrastructure with the world’s largest and fastest free municipal Wi-Fi network. Links provide free super-fast Wi-Fi, local information, phone calls, device charging, and a tablet to access digital services. Paid for by advertising at no cost to New Yorkers, LinkNYC generates significantly increased revenue for the City of New York.
Since its launch in 2016, LinkNYC has expanded rapidly. Intersection has brought Link to Philadelphia, Newark, and over a dozen cities in the United Kingdom, with over 2,000 units worldwide.
Link by the numbers
Units deployed across NYC, Philadelphia, Newark, and the U.K.
Free phone calls made every month
Wi-Fi sessions delivered since 2016
New Yorkers who believe LinkNYC brings positive benefits to the city
A Transformative Communications Platform
Through Link, cities have unprecedented ability to communicate with residents and visitors in real time. Content can be targeted by neighborhood, proximity to points of interest, or other custom attributes, and can be responsive to the surrounding environment and time of day. Leveraging many of Link’s capabilities, LinkNYC has become a beloved platform for facts about the city, news, cultural programming, and local art.
LinkNYC will help cement our place as a global leader in technology, innovation, and equity.
Smart City Expo World Congress
Winner, Best Smart City
Wood Pencil Winner, Urban Living
Fast Company World Changing Ideas
Finalist, Urban Design
Gold Winner, Best Use of Connected Technology
The creation of Link
Link was born from former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s challenge to reinvent the New York City payphone. Our vision was to create a network of modern, iconic street furniture that provides a platform for connectivity, communication, and digital services for the City and its residents and visitors. The result was a sleek, modular and programmable kiosk that could be deployed in cities around the world.