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Chicago-Hub Amtrak Trains Get Free Wifi

85 percent of Amtrak's nation-wide network now provides Wi-Fi service

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    Your Amtrak ride from Chicago to points across Illinois and the Midwest just got more productive or entertaining.

    The passenger train company on Monday debuted cellular-based Wi-Fi service on trains between Chicago and downstate Illinois, Milwaukee and Detroit.

    "This Wi-Fi addition is going to be especially appealing for our many business travelers, who can now make even better use of their time on the tracks," said Mark Gottlieb, Secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

    The free service will provide access to most websites, though the downloading of large files of some streaming services will be blocked. Additionally, commuters should make sure to protect their own devices as Amtrak's service won't require a secure password.

    The recent launch means 85 percent of Amtrak's nation-wide network now provides Wi-Fi service on trains.