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Google To Turn NYC Payphones Into WiFi Hotspots
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Lorna Garey
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7/21/2014 | 1:16:37 PM
Cable companies howling?
What's been the reaction from incumbent cable providers? I imagine that such a proposal in the Boston area would send Comcast and Verizon into damage control mode, complete with pending legislation to shut the project down.

Also, who knew there were still so many pay phones in NY?
anon8893269626
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7/21/2014 | 2:01:08 PM
Free WIFI
This might be a reason to move to NYC. Google is more than interested in bringing interent to people they have been working on several different programs that would bring WIFI around the globe. Will keep an eye out for who might win this payphone endevor. 

Sincerely,

Misty

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zaious
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7/21/2014 | 3:41:38 PM
A good use
This is goign to be a good use of resources (land space). This is an example of how a nice transition to newer technologies can make lives better.
Laurianne
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7/21/2014 | 4:30:15 PM
Google pay phone plan
I wonder what kind of data Google wins from this arrangement.
ChrisMurphy
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7/21/2014 | 4:43:20 PM
Re: A good use
I saw an actual phone booth -- Superman style, with the sliding door and all -- last week, and it struck me at how rare such booths are and how ubiquitous they used to be. This one didn't have a phone in, it was just the booth.  
Lorna Garey
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7/21/2014 | 4:50:45 PM
Re: A good use
So, was it just for nostalgia purposes? Or, in case a local superhero needed a changing area?
Thomas Claburn
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7/21/2014 | 4:54:47 PM
Re: Googel pay phone plan
>I wonder what kind of data Google wins from this arrangement.

To say nothing of the NSA. 
ChrisMurphy
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7/21/2014 | 4:55:14 PM
Re: A good use
Its purpose wasn't entirely clear. We were a long, long way from Metropolis, so it might just have been abandoned.
Shane M. O'Neill
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7/21/2014 | 4:58:30 PM
Re: Cable companies howling?
I, too, was shocked to hear there are that many pay phones in NYC. I figured there'd be about 30. If this plan shakes out, that's a lot of WiFi coverage, thus reducing the need for cellular in America's biggest city. I assume Verizon and AT&T will try to prevent it. They depend on customers going over their 2GB a month data plans!
Lorna Garey
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7/21/2014 | 5:02:17 PM
Re: Cable companies howling?
Actually, given the pitiful state of the spectrum auction, carriers may be just as glad to let offload happen. Crappy 4G in NYC isn't exactly a great sales tool.
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