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Subway WiFi Has Made It to Brooklyn!

It looks like the massive project to unwire the New York subway is finally making its way into Brooklyn -- the city's largest borough -- by following the hipster hordes under the East River on the L train.

I connected to Transit Wireless WiFi hotspots at the Bedford Avenue and Lorimer Street L Train stations on Tuesday night on a particularly sweaty ride back to my downtown Brooklyn home. We've been hitting 100 degrees with the humidity in the city over the last few days.

I didn't see any cellphone signal yet, but moving into Brooklyn via the L Train makes sense: The line has about 300,000 riders every day, according to the MTA. It is also quite possible that the distributed antenna (DAS) company is testing its systems ahead of a hard launch.

Transit Wireless appears to be moving farther downtown in Manhattan too. The firm has signed a 15-year lease to move into the old Verizon switching center at 375 Pearl on the Manhattan end of the Brooklyn Bridge. This is an ideal location for a new basestation hotel.

Transit Wireless is due to enable cellular and WiFi service to 278 subway stations across the system in all. The project is due to be completed by the end of 2016. (See Transit Wireless: Unwiring the NYC Subway and Transit Wireless Subway Service Comes to the Bronx.)

If you spot the service in any new stations, why not let me know?

— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading

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