NORWALK, Conn. (WCBS 880) — Connecticut officials on Monday announced a new plan to expand cell phone and internet service across the state, especially on public transportation.
While speeding up the physical commute on the New Haven line may take some time, speeding up internet access during the commute is much more doable, according to Gov. Ned Lamont.
“By the end of this year, I hope we are going to have 4G service no more dead zones. Easy access. You’ll be able to FaceTime and do a lot of the work you can from your office right in the train cars going forward,” he said.
It’s all part of a new partnership between the state and AT&T, which will foot the entire bill. WCBS 880’s Mack Rosenberg reports there will be no taxpayer dollars used to fund the improvements.
At the press conference announcing the new plan, protesters stood behind the governor and other state officials saying the plan does not consider health effects.
“The density of these millimeter waves, it’s harmful,” said protester Kristen Dolan. “It’s like living in a microwave and there is no way to escape it.”
Meanwhile, the state will be purchasing 130 new train cars for the New Haven line.