A little over a year ago, I reported that 36 NYC Subway Stations Have Wireless Service and Wi-Fi! This was exciting news, but I also noted that the stations in question were almost all on the West Side of Manhattan (I live and work on the East Side). Feeling a little like the middle child I am, I noted that “[p]lans are underway to keep adding more and more underground stations. The next 40 stations, planned for completion in early 2014, include more stations in Manhattan and key stations in Queens.”
So, you can imagine how excited I was to see a headline on Skift entitled Subways to Expand Wireless Services to 40 More Stations! According to the Skift article:
The expansion will provide mobile phone and Wi-Fi service to 11 Manhattan stations, including Grand Central, Herald Square and Bryant Park, according to a statement from Graybar Services Inc., a St. Louis-based company providing electrical equipment for the project. The other 29 stations will be in Queens.
Participating carriers are Sprint Communications Inc., T- Mobile USA Inc., Verizon Wireless Inc. and AT&T Inc.
The free Wi-Fi service, called MetroFi, will be provided by Transit Wireless LLC, said Walter Fowler, a spokesman for Sprint, in a phone interview. It will be sponsored by Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. Transit Wireless is a closely held company formed specifically for the MTA project.
Although New York City has not given specific detail regarding the time-frame for this proposed expansion, this latest announcement from New York City is nevertheless quite encouraging!