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Amtrak Wi-Fi gets an upgrade

WASHINGTON — After years of criticism of the wireless service on its trains, Amtrak announced Thursday that it had upgraded its cellular-based Wi-Fi offering using broadband technologies that will improve the speed and reliability of the Internet in its passenger cars.

Amtrak’s Wi-Fi has been the target of technology jokes since the railroad introduced the service, with some passengers comparing it to dial-up services like America Online or Prodigy. Others have praised the service, however, saying it allowed them to be productive while traveling between cities, unlike airline travel.

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