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Report: DOT agrees to help pay for Wi-Fi on Amtrak's Hiawatha line

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - Folks riding the popular Amtrak train from Milwaukee to Chicago will be able to surf the 'Net while riding the rails. 

The Journal Sentinel says the state DOT has agreed to spend $300,000 to cover three-fourths of the cost of adding Wi-Fi to the Hiawatha line.  

Spokesman Marc Magliari says Amtrak is briefing several Midwest states which are getting new Wi-Fi contracts -- and the details won't come out until sometime after Thanksgiving. He says Wi-Fi is now available to three-fourths of Amtrak's riders throughout the country. 

In the Midwest, it's only available on limited trains between St. Louis and Chicago. 

Magliari says Amtrak's Wi-Fi provider combines cell-based service from several carriers -- and it can give riders general Web browsing but not large downloads or live streaming.