Starting in January 2014, passengers on Amtrak trains in Michigan will have access to free wireless service while in transit. The State Transportation Commission approved the change, which is expected to cost the state about $1 million. Based on ridership studies, M-DOT is anticipating increased ridership will offset the cost of providing wireless completely during the first year. An Amtrak spokesperson says the technology would draw from all wireless providers, so it won't be affected by bad service areas for one or another. One thing that won't be available is streaming video. However, it will be provided for free, and run at 4G speeds. A handful of trains in Amtrak's lineup nationally are already equipped with Wi-Fi, and Michigan will be the first state in a Midwest grouping to deploy the technology.
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