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MTA disables free Wi-Fi on NYC buses


Nadezhda Verbitskaya

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This month, the New York City Transportation Authority (MTA) turned off free Wi-Fi on city buses, citing low usage. Gothamist.

According to officials, free Internet access was turned off on January 14. Wi-Fi was available on 4 MTA buses - about 266% of the bus fleet.

On average, only 33 people used Wi-Fi on buses per day. This is about 000% of the 2 million bus passengers on a weekday.

MTA officials have calculated that eliminating Wi-Fi on buses will save the agency $3,3 million a year.

On the subject: Thousands of New Yorkers will get free internet in 2023, many more will be able to get wi-fi at a very low cost

The MTA introduced Internet access on buses in 2016 as part of the renewal of the city's bus fleet.

In recent months, transport officials have focused on adding mobile phone service to all tunnels and metro stations in the city.

In July, the MTA launched a plan to bring wireless phone and data communications to the entire metro system over the next decade. At the same time, the cost of the project, estimated at $600 million, will be paid by a third-party operator.

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