By the end of the year, it will be a lot easier when you're in the CTA subway tunnels to tweet about the latest delay or upload that Instagram photo of the guy taking up two seats.
That's when 4G wireless service will be available in the 22 miles of Red and Blue line subway tunnels under a $32.5 million deal with Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. Those four carriers agreed to fund the entire upgrade related to the design and construction of a next-generation Distributed Antenna System (DAS) capable of supporting the latest 4G wireless networks and mobile devices, according to a news release.
The new service will be phased in station by station, with the work completed by the end of this year. The CTA will be the nation's largest transit system with 4G coverage in all subway stations and tunnels.
"Companies want people working while they are working, but also working while they get to work,'' Mayor Rahm Emanuel said in a Chicago Tribune report. Interesting that Rahm emphasized people working before they even get to work, because that's certainly what's expected by many employers.
The installation of 4G wireless service certainly makes that much more doable.
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