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Offline rgbeard

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Payphone V2.0
« on: May 02, 2014, 10:37:01 AM »

Long a staple of the New York streetscape, public payphones will likely soon be replaced by as many as 10,000 futuristic-looking communications kiosks. In a Request for Proposals issued Thursday, the city spelled out the its requirements for the payphone’s replacement.

These kiosks will be required to provide a free wireless internet signal, strong enough to carry 85 feet in all directions. They'll also provide ordinary phone and 911 service.

The current contract for payphones expires in October. The city aims to pick a replacement proposal by the end of the year.

Once the kiosks are installed, the city expects to earn more than $17 million dollars a year from the contract.

This initiative began with the Bloomberg administration. But it's been embraced by Mayor Bill de Blasio as part of his effort to spread access to high speed internet.
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Re: Payphone V2.0
« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2014, 01:01:49 PM »
Interesting. But I don't see a handset attached to that kiosk in the photo. I'm not sure I would want to carry out a conversation over a public speaker phone.

The NSA is gonna love these things.
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Re: Payphone V2.0
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2014, 02:27:44 PM »
The NSA is gonna love these things.
NSA = Honeybadger.  :deadhorse:
Our cellphone conversations should be acknowleged as public anyway, as they are "shared" without consent or control.
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