Free Wi-Fi comes to Bed-Stuy

Two Wi-Fi-providing kiosks are now available on Fulton Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant.



The kiosks are part of a program called LinkNYC and bring what the city calls the state's fastest free Wi-Fi. The city linked up with CityBridge Partners to replace payphones throughout New York City with free, fast hotspots that allow people to charge mobile devices, make phone calls and have direct access to 911 and 311.



Brooklyn already has 11 links, but only the ones in Bed-Stuy have so far been activated.



According to the city, more than 500 of the links have been installed in Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx and Brooklyn, but the program has not been without controversy. Many are concerned about loitering and people browsing pornography. However, the city says complaints about loitering have significantly dropped since the web browser was removed from the kiosk.


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