The rise of free urban internet

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Intersection, the Alphabet-backed smart cities startup known for creating free internet kiosks for cities, is pushing to make free internet accessible in as many major cities as possible across the globe. There are two things a city must have:

  1. Physical infrastructure: "You've gotta have power and fiber in the grounds," said Intersection CEO Ari Buchalter. "Those types of infrastructure readiness is a critical factor and is a big driver of cost for the program."
  2. Critical mass of people that can be exposed to ads. "We lay out of city in terms of density a factor." In New York City, for example, you have a critical mass of people exposed to advertising. Does that mean you have to be as big or dense as NYC to work? No, absolutely not. We will work figure out what other locations in cities can work in critical mass."

The rise of free urban internet