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Free Wi-Fi Internet now available at South Station in Boston

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  May 2, 2013 01:46 PM

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Free Wi-Fi Internet service will be available throughout South Station in Boston, starting today, officials announced.

Google, Biederman Redevelopment Ventures Corp. and the MBTA partnered to build the infrastructure for the public wireless Internet system, according to a joint announcement issued Thursday.

“Google is excited and proud to provide the infrastructure for free Wi-Fi for the first time inside South Station and to support the Greater Boston community,” said a statement from Steve Vinter, engineering director for Google.

“We understand that people want to stay connected from anywhere, at any time, from any device. As a major hub for Boston area residents, the new WiFi network at South Station will allow hundreds of thousands of commuters to be even more productive online each day,” he added.

Google invested in the network and BRV Corp., which manages the public space programming inside the station, is responsible for the Wi-Fi deployment, officials said.

“As we watch this area of Boston surge with new businesses, more and more people pass through the station each day and they will appreciate this new amenity,” said a statement from Ted Furst, project manager for BRV Corp.

MBTA General Manager Beverly Scott said in a statement that the new Internet service inside the station will tie in well with Wi-Fi broadcast on commuter rail trains, which the T has said it hopes to soon expand.

“Anything that improves our customers’ transit experience is a good thing,” she said. “By coupling this new initiative with the Wi-Fi service provided on commuter rail trains, the MBTA is keeping its customers connected from the moment they enter South Station to the time they exit trains.”

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.
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