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MBTA to include Parvus in pilot

Posted on January 29, 2008

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) will include Parvus’ RiderNet3 mobile access points in a Wi-Fi pilot program that is believed to be the nation’s first cellular-based wireless Internet service for commuter rail.

Beginning January 30, the MBTA “Wi-Fi Commuter Rail Connect Test Program” will offer free wireless Internet service on at least one coach of every train traveling the 45-mile commuter rail line between Worcester and Boston. 

Forty-five coaches will initially be equipped with the service, enabling the line’s 18,000 daily passengers to use laptop computers, cellular phones, PDAs or other Wi-Fi enabled devices to access the Internet during their commutes.

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