Free Wi-Fi of city’s streets

Kiosks of­fer­ing dig­i­tal ser­vices will re­place BT phone boxes

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By David Rivers david.rivers@trin­i­tymir­

WI-FI points which sparked con­tro­versy in New York be­cause peo­ple were using them for porn are go­ing to be erected in Lon­don.

Lon­don­ers can ex­pect free public Wi-Fi, phone calls and other dig­i­tal ser­vices in­clud­ing built-in tablets fol­low­ing a part­ner­ship scheme be­tween BT and Amer­i­can com­pany, In­ter­sec­tion.

The LinkUK kiosks will give peo­ple the chance to con­nect to WiFi on the move with speeds of up to 1Gbps, the fastest free public WiFi ser­vice avail­able, BT said.

But the kiosks stirred con­tro­versy when they were in­tro­duced in New York ear­lier this year by Link NYC.

The com­pany was forced to ad­just the web brows­ing on its tablets be­cause peo­ple, in­clud­ing chil­dren and the home­less, were using them to watch porn, ac­cord­ing to the New York Post.

The new kiosk will re­place hun­dreds of BT’s ex­ist­ing phone boxes across the cap­i­tal, and will also fea­ture sen­sors that can pro­vide data on air and noise pol­lu­tion, tem­per­a­ture and traf­fic.

Ra­jesh Agrawal, Lon­don’s deputy mayor for busi­ness, said: “I wel­come this ex­cit­ing new ad­di­tion to Lon­don’s streets.

“Ex­pand­ing Lon­don’s dig­i­tal in­fra­struc­ture is a pri­or­ity for the Mayor, and LinkUK can play a big part in im­prov­ing con­nec­tiv­ity for Lon­don­ers and vis­i­tors to our city, while re­duc­ing street clut­ter by up­grad­ing and re­duc­ing the num­ber of phone boxes.

“I look for­ward to work­ing with BT, In­ter­sec­tion and Prime­sight to see how we can roll LinkUK across the cap­i­tal, and to ex­plore its fu­ture po­ten­tial.

“Lon­don is al­ready widely re­garded as one of the tech­no­log­i­cal cap­i­tals of the world but the Mayor is de­ter­mined to im­prove con­nec­tiv­ity across the city to en­sure we main­tain that po­si­tion.”

Up to 100 of the kiosks will be in­stalled in Cam­den, with the first to ap­pear in 2017, be­fore a fur­ther 750 are in­tro­duced across Lon­don and other ma­jor UK cities.

BT has said the kiosks com­ing to Lon­don will not fea­ture web brows­ing fa­cil­i­ties that would al­low peo­ple to watch pornog­ra­phy.

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