The plan NYC is running to enable its pay phone locations with Wi-Fi stipulates that providers can’t charge for it; they can instead charge for phone service, and incorporate advertisements. The request covers all of New York’s 7,300 pay phones, which would mean that the successful completion of a project would result in a city pretty much blanketed with free Wi-Fi. The RFP from the city also stipulates that users, once connected to one payphone hotspot, can connect to any other in the city without having to login anew.
Dr. Simons credits his employees. “A good atmosphere and smart people can accomplish a lot,” he said.