COTA to provide free Wi-Fi to riders early next year

Like many, Dublin’s Tristan Stover, a Columbus State student who rides the bus to and from school every day, wants online access all the time.

That can be difficult for those who don’t pay extra for unlimited internet access on their smart phone or other devices and for those who ride public buses.

“I try not to use data when I don’t have Wi-Fi,” Stover, 19, said, his smartphone in his hand as he waited for a bus Downtown. “I try to be responsible about it.”

When he hops on any Central Ohio Transit Authority bus after Jan. 31, Stover won’t have to worry about it. That’s when COTA will provide free Wi-Fi on all 444 of its buses, becoming the first large U.S. city to do that, said Michael Carroll, COTA’s information technology director.

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Victoria Krisman
Victoria Krisman is Interactive Media Specialist and Communications Manager for the Intelligent Community Forum.
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