The first free Wi-Fi nodes in the region will be going up in Newport later this year.
As many as 30 kiosks will be installed. Jon Salisbury with Nexigen says they’ll be nine feet tall, wrapped in carbon fiber, and will help users connect with the city.
“They have multiple large outdoor displays, as well as extremely fast Wi-Fi internet access, charging stations, as well as tablet devices.”
Salisbury says the nodes are a public-private partnership, and Newport will make money through ad revenue.
“Based on preliminary, anticipatory numbers, we believe the city could make anywhere between $6,000 and $14,000 monthly.”
Salisbury says 150 businesses have already signed on as advertisers.