LinkNYC

Tech consortium CityBridge is poised to install ultrafast internet-transmitting structures to bridge the digital divide. But its earlier LinkNYC program was a debacle, ending in debt and unfulfilled promises.
From affordable housing to waste reduction to high-paid jobs to commercial rent control, we look at where the results stand on some of the outgoing mayor’s major plans touted in annual State of the City and Earth Day addresses.
The mayor tapped Wiley in 2014 to get broadband to low-income neighborhoods. Now, 1.5 million people are still unconnected. The mayoral candidate blames her ex-boss, but an examination suggests a more complicated history.
The pandemic shut branches for months. But thousands without access are going and logging in daily to go online for some outdoor computer and phone time.
The group behind LinkNYC towers that give free Wi-Fi and phone calls is far behind schedule on installations and payments to the city, officials say.
At least 50 of the kiosks made to replace old-school pay phones with Wi-Fi sit idle with no connectivity — some for over two years, THE CITY found.
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