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I don't mean to be insensitive, but I think clearly the biggest thing they should be thinking about, technologically, is a use-case for emergency situations.

That should be the foremost thought: how do we produce/adapt/re-create a technology that is useful in absolute emergencies, both at an individual and collective level.

That should be their focus.

Wifi and whatever else sounds great, until the cell towers are down and you weren't wired in via satellite backup or whatever and these devices become worthless.

Their new system should be not only disaster-proof, but immediately disaster-useful.

That's not unique to New York. Lots of places need that.

 True, but I hope as they re-invent their pay phones they keep that in mind. 

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