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Map: More Subway Stations Go Wireless

Thursday, May 15, 2014

WNYC

While mobile device users with AT&T plans have lately lost some underground wireless connectivity, riders with the other big three phone carriers can now log on at more subway stations.

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The Takeaway

Digital Divide Remains As Domains Enter New Era

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

About 1,000 new generic top-level domain names—the last bit of an internet address, such as the .org in TheTakeaway.org—are coming into existence. Cyrus Namazi, vice president of Domain Name System Services at ICANN, and Michael Froomkin, professor of law at the University of Miami, explain why the web is getting a new look. As the select few scramble to buy up new domains, many are left without any Internet access entirely. Michael Liimatta, co-founder and president of Connecting for Good, provides a snapshot of the digital divide.

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New Tech City

Better WiFi Coming to Union Square

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Union Square is getting a digital makeover. Starting this June, 3,000 people will be able to access the free wireless connection in Union Square at the same time. That’s up from just 250 people today.

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WNYC News

Wireless Users May Receive Test Alerts Thursday

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

New York City-area residents who use AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon devices may receive text and audio alerts from emergency officials Thursday, but they're only a test.

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Transportation Nation

WiFi And Dial-tones Coming to NYC Subway Platforms...S l o w l y

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

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(New York, NY - WNYC) WiFi is coming to NYC subway platforms, but not for another four years -- and there will be no connectivity in tunnels.

The subway station project was delayed for nearly three years while Transit Wireless, the company chosen to set up the system at no cost to the NY MTA, got its financing in order. The authority's board selected the company in 2007 but didn't give it a "notice to proceed" until Broadcast Australia decided to back the company in July 2010.

New York City straphangers are of two minds about the lack of WiFi and cell phone service in the subway. They see it as either a galling void or a sanctuary from modern life's near-constant connectivity.

There's something for both sides in the NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority's current project to bring the internet and phone use underground.  For those who want the service because it'll help emergency responders communicate and help riders use transit apps on their mobile devices--or because they absolutely MUST check their emails or headlines--they'll have it at three stations by the end of the year.

For those who don't want to hear a stranger discuss his grocery list at high volume, it'll be a full four years before the system's remaining 271 platforms are wirelessly enabled.

First to see the service will be the platforms, stairs and mezzanines of the 14th Street stations at 8th and 6th Avenues and the 23rd Street C / E station in Manhattan.

Transit Wireless will charge telecom companies for use of the wireless signal and then split the profits with the MTA. The authority says it expects to earn at least $30 million dollars over ten years from the deal.

The NY MTA also says there will be WiFi and cell phone service in a non-subway tunnel -- on its Metro-North commuter line between 97th Street and Grand Central Terminal, and in the terminal itself. The authority wouldn't give a completion date for that project.

NY MTA spokesman Aaron Donovan said the main benefit would be improved safety on platforms. “We send out real-time email, text message and Twitter alerts to our customers in the event of an emergency or other service disruption,” he said. “Having cell service in our underground platforms expands the reach and usefulness of those alerts.”

 

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WNYC News

Free Wi-Fi Coming to City Parks

Thursday, June 09, 2011

WNYC

AT&T said Thursday that it will provide free wireless internet at 20 parks around New York City for the next five years.

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The Takeaway

AT&T and T-Mobile Merger and You

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The weekend's news of AT&T's potential purchase of T-Mobile for $39 billion turned many heads, and had many consumers wondering what a merger would mean for prices, service, and coverage. To help us shed some light on this potential merger, we're joined by Carl Howe, director of research at the Yankee Group, an independent technology research and consulting firm.

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