- Associated Press - Saturday, November 26, 2016

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - The public transit agency serving Ohio’s capital city plans to offer free wireless internet access on its buses.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/2fKopZN ) the Central Ohio Transit Authority says Columbus will become the first large U.S. city to offer free Wi-Fi on buses. The service is expected to be available after Jan. 31.

The agency is upgrading its fleet to 4G service to improve communications with its buses and will allow administrators and riders to track the location of buses using an app. That faster service also will allow COTA to provide free Wi-Fi access to its riders.

The newspaper says the upgrade will cost less than $250,000 a year. Wi-Fi will be public and won’t require riders to use a password or login.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, https://www.dispatch.com


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