Two government projects finished ahead of schedule and you can use them today if you ride the New York City subway, Bruce Brown reports for Digital Trends. New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that Wi-Fi and cell phone service have both been installed sooner than planned with the last station going live yesterday.
All four major cellular service carriers, including AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless, now have coverage in the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) underground stations, one year ahead of schedule. Wi-Fi had originally been scheduled for completion by the end of 2018. The Governor’s office said the early service availability happened because of an early 2016 directive from the Governor to speed up the two projects.
The project didn’t cost taxpayers or subway riders. Transit Wireless has a 27-year contract with the Metropolitan Transit Authority to design, build, operate, and maintain both W-Fi and cellular connectivity in the underground subway stations. The project cost Transit Wireless more than $300 million, which it will recoup with revenues from the network services. The revenues will be shared with the MTA.