Google’s Sidewalk Labs Offers Free Wi-Fi Connectivity in New York

Google’s Sidewalk Labs that was launched earlier this month, and is aimed at improving city life, has announced the creation of a new company – Intersection. The new company has been after merging of Titan and Control Group – the two companies behind the LinkNYC New York Wi-Fi plan.

The new venture aims to create up to 10,000 communications hubs that will offer free Wi-Fi connectivity to those within a 150-foot radius. Along with Wi-Fi connectivity, the hubs will also provide cellphone charging, domestic phone calls, and access to information and municipal services across the city.

“Intersection will help make cities connected places where you can walk down any street and access free ultra high-speed Wi-Fi, find transit and wayfinding information, access information about city services — the possibilities are endless,” said Sidewalk CEO Dan Doctoroff, who will serve as the Chairman of Intersection.

If the project works out, the company plans to bring similar solutions to other cities as well. Intersection will also provide current and future clients with new urban experience and information products and services that build on the strengths of both companies to create value for citizens, brands and governments and to improve life in cities around the world.

Financial terms of the deal are still undisclosed.