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Wi-Fi and cell service in subway stations

Back in April, the MTA started installing Wi-Fi and cell service in subway stations in Manhattan. Yes, New Yorkers have survived for 109 years without it, so why do we need it now? This is not about need. It's about possibilities. Possibilities borne of ingenuity, and the constant onward march of progress. (And, speaking practically, it's now possible to dial 911 in an emergency underground. It also helps first responders triangulate the location of that emergency.) Only 36 stations give riders access to phone and Internet right now, but the MTA will roll out another 40 in the first few months of next year, with the full system expected by 2017.

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