NYFI Could Bring More Free Internet To NYC Mass Transit

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New York City is home to a lot of wild new technologies. Being as big asit is, tech companies often roll out trials and tests here beforeanywhere else, and new Wi-Fi technologies are no different. Despitehaving a wealth of cutting-edge solutions surrounding its citizens, NYCis certainly a place where hardly anything comes free. That's part ofthe reason why this plan sounds so incredibly good to dwellers, not tomention tourists.

NYFI, a well financed neutral host Wi-Fi provider, has submitted aproposal to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority of New York(MTA)to build and operate a new Wi-Fi network on Metro-North and LongIslandRail Road trains. What's unique about this effort (which is verysimilar to other mass Wi-Fi rollout plans in the city) is that there arereally no strings attached for end-users. Some solutions for "free"Wi-Fi in the city require users to be a customer of any given cablecompany, but this plan "would notrequire users to subscribe to a service like Cablevision to accessthesystem without paying."

NYFI is designed to be "good for everyone," and instead of using apay-service model, the NYFI approach would "first assist the MTA bypaying for anoperational revamp of the MTA’s revenue generating activities,likeadvertising." The MTA still has to accept the proposal, afterwhich the build-out would begin right away. So, MTA, what are youwaiting for? Let's get to it!
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digitaldd replied on Thu, Jun 17 2010 8:55 AM

I don't really get this these trains run mostly above ground and well you get very good cell service on the train, they need to get some sort of munit wifi on the NYC subway which is mostly underground.

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