Conn Ó Muíneacháin, 10/18/2014
"Remember payphones? They used to be everywhere, distinctive green and yellow in Ireland, red in Britain. These days you might find one in a retro pub, a nod to the ‘good old days’.
Nowadays we don’t just all have phones in our pockets: we’ve got media hubs, portable WiFi hotspots, TVs – and TV stations! So we don’t need ‘phoneboxes’ anymore – but could we still do with some public communications infrastructure?
New York City seems to think so. It’s proposing to replace the payphone network with ‘Links’, a network of advertising display points with an integrated touchscreen which will also act as a WiFi Access Point. Up to 10,000"