Google’s Next Moonshot: Lining City Streets With Wi-Fi Hubs


  • Today, Sidewalk Labs announced it would be leading the acquisition of two companies behind New York City’s LinkNYC initiative, an ongoing plan to convert old pay phones into free public Wi-Fi hubs.
  • Through the acquisition, Sidewalk Labs is merging the two companies—Control Group, which provides the interface for the new hubs, and Titan, which is overseeing the advertising that will pay for the project.
  • That, says Doctoroff, is what inspired Sidewalk Labs to acquire Control and Titan, two of the project’s chief architects.
  • That could include Google, which is already providing fiber connectivity in cities like Austin and Kansas City.
  • There are other less direct advantages to having Google on board, though, says Colin O’Donnell, founding partner of Control Group.

Source: Wired – Business

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