New York City officials concerned over phone booth Wi-Fi speeds

NEW YORK -- New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer and the five borough presidents want to make sure that a plan to turn outmoded pay phones into Wi-Fi hot spots benefits the entire city.

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last month that a consortium called CityBridge has been chosen to install the Wi-Fi system.

Up to 10,000 column-like devices will be placed in all five boroughs if the plan is approved by the city's Franchise and Concession Review Committee.

Stringer and the borough presidents, who all sit on the franchise committee, said Wednesday they want to make sure the contract provides for equal Wi-Fi speed throughout all five boroughs.

The franchise committee will hold a hearing on Monday to discuss the deal to create the Wi-Fi system called LinkNYC.
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