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Amtrak and AT&T Announce Wi-Fi Deal
Posted: 08-Feb-2004 [Source: AT&T Wireless]

[Wi-Fi deal to bring wireless Internet service to six stations along the Northeast Corridor including Boston Rt 128 Station, Providence, New York Penn Station, Philadelphia 30th St. Station, Wilmington, and Baltimore Penn Station.]

Redmond, WA and Washington, DC -- Starting this summer, commuters will be able to stay connected to the Internet and office email at train stations along the Northeast Corridor. Amtrak and AT&T Wireless today announced a new agreement that will put high-speed wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) service in six of the railroad's busiest train stations in the region. The stations are:

* Boston Route 128 Station

* Providence

* New York Penn Station

* Philadelphia 30th Street Station

* Wilmington

* Baltimore Penn Station

The new Wi-Fi service is one of the largest single technology upgrades to the stations and will benefit the more than one million weekday passengers, commuters and visitors to these six facilities.

"Today's mobile professionals are always looking for ways to stay connected and maintain productivity," said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president of business data solutions at AT&T Wireless. "Our new Wi-Fi service at these Amtrak stations, coupled with our wide-area EDGE service, will give commuters the ability to access the information they need while away from their home or office."

Anyone with a working Wi-Fi-enabled laptop or PDA will be able to access the system. Existing AT&T Wireless Wi-Fi customers will simply enter their user credentials to go online. For just $9.99, a traveler can connect to the Wi-Fi service as often as they would like, from a single location, within a 24-hour period using a credit card. Users interested in becoming an AT&T Wireless Wi-Fi subscriber can sign up for other Wi-Fi pricing plans at www.attwireless.com/wifi. To make connections easier and faster, customers can also download a free copy of the AT&T Wireless Wi-Fi Connector software, which uses advanced optimization features, at www.attwireless.com/wifi.

AT&T Wireless will be responsible for the design, installation, management, operation and maintenance of the Wi-Fi systems in each of the six stations. Through its own properties and roaming agreements, AT&T Wireless offers Wi-Fi access in hundreds of locations around the country. This agreement with Amtrak builds on AT&T Wireless' strategy of expanding its Wi-Fi network as a compliment to its national EDGE (Enhanced Data rates for Global Evolution) network. The AT&T Wireless EDGE network offers the fastest national mobile wireless data service in North America with average data speeds between 100-130 kbps - up to three times faster than a traditional landline dial-up connection. Wi-Fi service, comparable to an in-office cable or DSL experience, is designed to serve smaller areas in fixed locations like individual airports, office buildings, bookstores, and hotel lobbies.

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