Catch some free Wi-Fi at the city's new LinkPHL kiosks - Generocity Philly


Nov. 2, 2017 8:01 am

Catch some free Wi-Fi at the city’s new LinkPHL kiosks

No word yet on when or where they'll be installed, though, which raises the question: What about that digital divide?

Old and new Philadelphia.

(Photo by G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia)

Save your data for the subway, weary travelers.

The Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems announced yesterday that it had received approval from the city’s Art Commission to install 100 free-standing kiosks that will include free Wi-Fi, device charging ports, phone calls within the U.S. and a city services finder.

Perhaps the best part for finance-minded folks: The service will be paid for by advertising, not the city’s budget — and eventually earn it’s own revenue, too. (GiveBackHack winner Free Flow was onto something when it came up with a similar model.)

No word yet on when exactly the kiosks will be installed, or where, beyond the vague neighborhood descriptions of Center City and University City — which raises the question of how serious the city is in reducing Philadelphia’s digital divide if it’s not expanding to more impoverished areas.

For more context on that, check out our sister site Philly’s early-2017 rundown of the city’s recent digital efforts., including the KEYSPOT network.


From our Partners

Adult learners need digital literacy, too

How Temple’s Small Business Development Center is working to bridge the digital divide

Digital access is foundational. What are local orgs doing to improve it?


Generocity Philly

Be the leader to bring a 26-year mission into the future in Chester County

Media, PA/Remote

The Foundation for Delaware County

Digital Marketing and Content Manager (Part-Time), The Foundation for Delaware County

Apply Now

Children's Scholarship Fund Philadelphia

Director, School and Family Partnerships

Apply Now

Children's Scholarship Fund Philadelphia

Major Gifts Officer

Apply Now

PHLConnectED has enabled 18K+ internet connections in a year, the City says

Reflect back, reimagine forward: How Ben Franklin Technology Partners is investing in regional impact


Generocity Philly

Village of the Arts seeks to deepen and scale its impact as it reflects on its legacy


Regional Housing Legal Services

Postgraduate Legal Fellowship Sponsorship (To Start in Fall 2023)2023

Apply Now
Philadelphia, PA

University of Pennsylvania

Communications and Content Strategist

Apply Now

Juvenile Law Center

Senior Communications Associate

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Generocity