re: 36 NYC Subway Stations Get Wi-Fi
Oh, don't forget the fact that it's insecure to the point that the NYPD was warning users NOT to use the available WiFi in the stations in the pilot deployment.
It's nice to have the service available... but honestly, I'd much rather have a more reliable transit system (seeing how with a name like Metropolitan TRANSIT Authority, that seems to be their primary line of business).
Then, let's look at the numbers... $200M spent on a project that will generate $40M in revenue over 10 years. My Virginia public school education tells me that that's roughly $4M/yr in revenue. At $4M/yr in revenue, fully neglecting any recurring operating costs, it'll take 50 years to reach the break-even point. Now, anyone that's reading Information Week will understand that this kind of infrastructure MUST be upgraded more often than every 50 years (although, that does seem to be the kind of schedule that MTA uses for its TRANSIT infrastructure). So, management is left in a quandry - either a) try to keep running an aging infrastructure to provide service or b) keep throwing money network upgrades, especially in an arena where harsh environments and high technological evolution rule the day.
Guessing we'll see $5/ride subway fares around 2014 with this kind of math going on inside the MTA.
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