A goal of the JacksonHeights.nyc Initiative is to facilitate access for all residents to an Internet signal with suitable capacity to facilitate family needs, neighborhood business, and civic affairs. Below is a directory of places and ways residents may receive an Internet signal.
- Traditional ISPs - Internet access or service providers (typically called ISPs) serving Jackson Heights include Spectrum, FIOS, RCN, Earthlink, and Hughes Satellite. Details on these providers, their rates and speed of service can be found on this page.
- LinkNYC - These public kiosks began arriving on our neighborhood's streets in July 2017. They currently line Roosevelt Avenue with a couple on 37th Avenue. More are coming. The LinkNYC kiosks provide a strong wi-fi signal to those within 150 feet or so of the kiosks. If you live near one, check for a wi-fi signal. Note: These are intended for public area signal provision, you will not be able to complain to LinkNYC about home access quality issues.
- Public Hot Spot WiFi - Beyond the LinkNYC kiosks, we will encourage residents to share locations where a wi-fi signal is available - libraries, schools, retail stores, public plazas, etc. So, for example, if you live adjacent to Starbucks, check for a wi-fi signal.
- Neighbors Sharing Wi-Fi - We will educate residents on the means and advantages of sharing one's home wi-fi signal with neighbors.
- NYC Mesh - A new "mesh" technology enables the sharing of Internet signals via over-the-air access (rooftop to rooftop). Mesh technology is quite new, and might offer pricing advantages and enhanced availability in emergency situations - e.g., when the power is out. It's quite experimental, only the patient and technically competent will feel comfortable here.
- LinkNYC - These public kiosks arrived on the our neighborhood's streets in July 2017. They provide two key advantages: a strong wi-fi signal to those within 150 feet or so of the kiosks, and outreach (advertising) to passers-by via visual messages on the kiosk's large screens.
- WiFi Public Hot Spots - Beyond the LinkNYC kiosks, we will encourage residents to share locations where a wi-fi signal is available - libraries, public plazas, schools, senior centers, retail stores, etc.
- Neighbors Sharing Wi-Fi - Explore if a neighbor has leaked a home wi-fi signal.