How Those WiFi Kiosks Can Help Bridge Philly’s Digital Divide

When the first 100 WiFi kiosks from LinkPHL start to pepper our city’s streets next year, they’ll join a broader Philly push to increase access to the internet and digital services.

“Though not tied directly, they’re complementary to our initiative,” said Andrew Buss, Innovation Director at the Office of Innovation and Technology. “They’ll add more functionality for folks in the city.”

The kiosks, a product of New York’s Intersection, are already live in London and New York. They offer access to free WiFi, phone calls, use of Google Maps and a charging station. Eighty of the first 100 kiosks will be located in Center City and University City; the remaining 20 will be located in “commercial corridors in other sections of the city.”

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