If you’re in the New York City area, you may have noticed that riding the subways has been a more connected experience. That’s because the Metropolitan Transit Authority recently added free Wi-Fi and cell service to 30 subway stations. The free, Boingo-sponsored Wi-Fi was previously only available in a few place, like on the L and C/E lines, but now can be found at stations like Times Square and Columbus Circle. This recent upgrade also made AT&T and T-Mobile customers very happy with coverage in those same stations. For now, those are the only carriers that have been added, but coverage for Verizon and Sprint is on the way. There are big plans for the future, too, with the services coming to Queens and Midtown by next year and the Bronx and the East Side after that. Within three years, the MTA says, they want all stations connected. As we become more hooked up in this connected world, it only makes sense that our subway stations do, too.
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