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Amtrak Goes Wireless on the Hiawatha

Amtrak Goes Wireless on the Hiawatha

Old Jan 29, 02, 6:56 am
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Amtrak Goes Wireless on the Hiawatha

CHICAGO A lot of business is done in the 90 or so miles between Chicago and Milwaukee.
That's the thinking at least of Amtrak, which has pinpointed its Hiawatha route between Chicago and Milwaukee as one of three routes its going to use to try a new program that will provide riders with Internet connectivity during the ride.

The program is being pulled off in conjunction with Yahoo! and Compaq. Compaq is providing the iPaq devices while Yahoo! is providing the connectivity.

Weve been hearing from our customers that this is an amenity they would like to try, said Amtrak spokeswoman Karina VanVeen. We already have widespread laptop use. Hiawatha has a lot of business users and they said they wanted Internet services.

There will be four devices to start with, VanVeen says, which will be available for customer use. While users will not be able to connect their laptops directly to the Internet, they will be able to check out certain things on the Web they may need during the train ride.

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