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Google may transform NYC pay phones into Wi-Fi hot spots

Google Inc. is among several technology companies considering a plan that uses pay-phone locations to give New Yorkers free wireless Internet access.

The Mountain View, California-based company was among more than 50 attendees at an informational meeting in May for the project, according to a request for proposals from the city’s Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications. Cisco Systems Inc., International Business Machines Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. also attended. Bids for the proposal are due today.

The No. 1 search provider is stepping up efforts to provide digital access in the U.S. and around the world as it seeks to get more consumers on the Internet, benefiting its own user and ad services. The company, which is working toward rolling out broadband services in several U.S. cities, already provides wireless access in Mountain View and New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, where it has an office. 

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-07-18/google-may-transform-nyc-pay-phones-into-wi-fi-hot-spots.html