Say Goodbye to the Payphone

LinkNYC is a first-of-its-kind communications network that will bring the fastest available free public Wi-Fi to millions of New Yorkers, small businesses, and visitors. Built at no cost to taxpayers, the five-borough LinkNYC network will, through advertising proceeds, generate more than $500 million in revenue for the City over the initiative’s first 12 years. Granted a franchise by the City in 2014, CityBridge will administer construction of the LinkNYC network.

By replacing the aging network of public pay telephones with state-of-the-art Links, CityBridge will transform the physical streetscape, enhance New Yorkers’ access to information, and create new local jobs for the development, servicing and maintenance of the structures.

What is a Link?

Links are connection points that house cutting-edge wireless technology, interactive communication systems, and digital advertising displays. Each ADA-compliant Link structure features:

  • 24/7 free encrypted Wi-Fi with up to gigabit speeds
  • Free phone calls to anywhere in the U.S.
  • Integrated lighting
  • Digital displays which exhibit strategic, insight-driven advertisements & public service announcements
  • Touchscreen Android tablet expediting access to the Internet
  • Tactile keypad with Braille lettering, dedicated 911 button, speaker, microphone & headphone jack
  • USB charger for free mobile device usage
  • Iconic & durable aluminum construction
  • Sleek design & minimal footprint which restores sidewalk space previously encumbered by large payphone enclosures

Made in New York City

Links are designed and built in a dedicated production facility within New York City. The LinkNYC program expects to create 100 to 150 new full-time jobs in manufacturing, technology, and advertising, as well as an additional 650 jobs in support services.

What’s Next?

Construction of the LinkNYC network has commenced, with new Links being installed and turned on everyday. You can learn more about when Link is coming to your neighborhood at Link NYC. Up to 10,000 Links will be installed across all five boroughs during the term of the franchise agreement.

Franchise Agreement Documents

Review the franchise agreement documents

LinkNYC Data

More information about Link locations and usage can be found on DoITT’s Open Data portal: