New York City May Trash Free Public WiFi

Smart rubbish bins: The future of municipal Wi-Fi?
Smart rubbish bins: The future of municipal Wi-Fi?

Searching for the perfect place to unload your bandwidth in the City? City dwellers are now being presented with a new option in trash, well trash bins. A pilot program is looking to expand WiFi all across the city through a network of trash bins.

A successful test run by Bigbelly, a company that focuses on the efficiency of waste collection, may result in more accessible WiFi locations.

Bigbelly has already supplied NYC with 170 smart, solar powered trash and recycling bins. Configuring these bins with WiFi has proven to be practical for data output and maybe even waste collection itself.

According to CityLab, the two test receptacles boast a bandwidth of 50 to 75 megabits per second — more than enough to run a small businesses.

Whether in a tourist or a residential area, the future may make the nearest trash bin your next hotspot.

Jessica Frelow

Jessica Frelow

Contributing Writer

Jessica lives in Brooklyn. She is a lover of poetry, eating Mexican food and people watching in the city.

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