Between the Monday holiday and Friday's East Coast snowstorm, the gigabit news was light this week. In today's edition, LinkNYC lights up gigabit WiFi in New York, a broadband fight brews in West Virginia and Lincoln, Neb., announces a new smart city initiative powered by gigabit service.
The ambitious project, operated by a consortium of companies collectively known as CityBridge, aims to bring gigabit WiFi to the five boroughs of New York City using broadband kiosks that simultaneously act as WiFi hotspots, sources of information on city services and advertising billboards. On Tuesday, LinkNYC activated its first four beta kiosks, tweeting, "NYC, are you ready for free Wi-Fi?"
The performance reviews for LinkNYC service have so far been glowing, although The Wall Street Journal noted that the network is now a tempting target for hackers, which means New Yorkers should take reasonable security precautions when connecting.
Meanwhile, it's still an open question as to who is providing the fiber that's enabling LinkNYC service. Citybridge has so far been mum on that topic. (See Who's Feeding Fiber to LinkNYC Hotspots?)
— Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, Light Reading