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Wi-Fi on the D.C. Metro?

In early April, London announced that underground travellers are able to use their phones on the Tube to make calls over the Internet. Customers with service from the provider EE who have Lumia 640 phones and the new Samsung Galazy S6 and S6 Edge are able to use a service called Wi-Fi calling on the commutes to work. Other phones, like the IPhone are expected to get this feature in the coming weeks.

Closer to home, in Los Angeles, widespread Wi-Fi is expected to be unveiled in January 2016, according to CBS2. Better yet, “riders won't have to pay for the service, but providers must pay a fee to InSite Wireless, which was chosen to build the system, and will then share it with Metro”, says County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.

Despite promises, D.C. still has not joined our neighbors across the pond or neighbors across the country in providing Wi-Fi in the underground subway systems. In 2009, the WMATA announced that the Metrorail wireless service would be expanding. WMATA claimed Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel, AT&T and T-Mobile would “build a new wireless infrastructure in the underground rail system during the next four years.” So where is the Wi-Fi D.C.? In a city like D.C., commuters could drastically increase their efficiency with underground Wi-Fi services.

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