New York putting the Internet on lamp posts!

The city of New York plans to sell space on its 18,000 lamp posts to 6 companies so the can erect wi-fi and cellular antennas.

The move will bring in around $25 million a year for the city according to the New York Post, improve cellular coverage in the city, and create wi-fi hotspots all around the city.

The antennas and Internet relay boxes will start appearing on city poles before the end of the summer, said Gino P. Menchini, the city’s commissioner of information technology and telecommunications in an article in the New York Times.

One of the companies involved, IDT Business Services, will use its antennae to offer telephone services over voip at reduced rates.