https://www.newstimes.com/politics/arti ... src=nthpcpNORWALK — By the end of the year, the often intermittent internet service for mobile devices on the Metro-North Commuter Railroad may become a nightmare of the past.
Gov. Ned Lamont on Monday announced a partnership with AT&T that will upgrade Internet access on Metro-North commuter trains between New Haven and Greenwich to the industry standard of 4G, and create the infrastructure for the eventual transition to next-generation, high-speed 5G.
During a news conference in the South Norwalk train station, Lamont was joined by AT&T officials and state lawmakers in detailing the deal, in which the telecommunications giant will be granted access to the train line’s right-of-way to erect dozens of 30-foot towers holding small cell nodes over the next year.
“This’ll be one of the first 5G corridors in the country,” said Lamont, who ran for office in 2018 on the promise of fostering the high-speed internet as a way to foster jobs and economic growth. “When it comes to connectivity, right now Connecticut is already one of the most-internet-accessible-connectivity states in the country. We’ve got to do more than that.”
The upgrades will remove dead spots along the nation’s busiest commuter rail line. “I want you to be as incredibly productive as you can,” Lamont said. “By the end of this year, I hope we’re going to have faster service, no more dead zones, easy access. You’ll be able to save time and do a lot of the work you can, from your office right in the train cars going forward, and soon after that we get up to 5G service. This is a way you bring Connecticut’s economy back to life.”
The news conference was held with a backdrop of fewer than a half-dozen protesters who held signs behind the governor’s podium charging that 5G will multiply health risks.
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Came across this in the Danbury News Times. Was also wondering are there any plans to improve cell coverage in the Park Avenue Tunnels?
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So this is cell service not wifi? And there are microcells onboard? Is this exclusive for ATT or will the other providers be able to participate?
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Cell towers will be added along the right of way not onboard trains. Park Ave tunnel has already been upgraded a few years ago.
Hurry up and wait at the signal!