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Comcast, PATCO Expand WiFi Pact

PATCO and Comcast said they’ve moved forward on a plan to bring fer free Xfinity WiFi service to all 13 PATCO stations in Philadelphia and South Jersey.

The expansion comes after the companies collaborated on a beta version of the service since last July. WiFi at the PATCO stations is available to both Comcast and non-Comcast customers.

“This partnership between PATCO and Comcast provides a tremendous new service to the thousands of riders who travel on PATCO every day,” PATCO GM John Rink said, in a statement.  “One of the biggest areas of improvement suggested by our riders has been creating better access to Wi-Fi hotspots in our stations, especially our subway facilities. Comcast has been an enthusiastic and supportive partner during the last several months of equipment upgrades and infrastructure enhancements in all 13 of our stations. This is an example of PATCO’s commitment to being responsive to our rider community.”

“Consumers want to be able to connect to the Internet wherever they are and continuing to expand our Xfinity WiFi network, the largest network in the country, is part of our strategy to help them do that,” added Cole Reinwand, VP, Xfinity WiFi for Comcast Cable. “We’re excited to offer free access to Xfinity WiFi service to help keep Philadelphia and New Jersey commuters connected as they travel through PATCO stations.”

Comcast has deployed more than 11 million WiFi access points in various outdoor and indoor public venues and business locations.