If you have spent any time on a Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) or Metro-North Railroad train, you will see how tech savvy most riders have become. If they are not messing around on the latest & greatest smartphones, others are using iPads, laptops, & such. So this news might excite them as Cablevision has officially submitted a proposal to offer Optimum Wi-Fi on both commuter railroads. Kelly Riddell of Bloomberg has more in this report:
Cablevision Systems Corp., the fifth- largest U.S. cable operator, has submitted a proposal to offer Wi-Fi on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North commuter rail trains to expand wireless coverage of New York City.
The connections will let Cablevision’s high-speed Internet subscribers access the Web on the trains for free, and provide a “reasonable access option” for non-customers, the Bethpage, New York-based company said in an e-mailed statement today.
Cablevision has been expanding its wireless coverage in New York City as it steps up competition with phone provider Verizon Communications Inc., which has been extending its fiber-optic television service in the area. Cablevision already gives its customers access to Wi-Fi hotspots in the region. Extending network access to commuter trains may help retain existing customers while luring new ones.
The company submitted the proposal to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and said the network can be running within 12 months of selection at no cost to New York City taxpayers or the MTA.
Cablevision rose 71 cents to $25.08 at 4:02 p.m. in New York Stock Exchange composite trading. The stock has gained 18 percent this year.
This is great news as in a culture where being on top of things is vital to so many. So if the MTA can somehow help in those regards is a positive in many ways. While the agency is behind the curve in terms of technology, it is good to see them try & change that.
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