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Amtrak Upgrades WiFi, Shouldn't You?

Published May 20th, 2013

WASHINGTON — After years of criticism of the wireless service on its trains, Amtrak announced on Thursday that it had upgraded its cellular-based WiFi using broadband technologies that will improve the speed and reliability of the Internet in its passenger cars.

Amtrak’s WiFi has been the target of technology jokes since the railroad introduced the service, with some passengers comparing it to dial-up services like America Online or Prodigy. But others have praised the service, saying it allows them to be productive while traveling between cities, unlike airline travel. Because of the technical difficulties of maintaining a strong Internet connection on a moving train, the increase in speed would still be less than most people experience at home.


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