MBTA urged to consider WiFi plan’s impact on communities – Eagle

BOSTON — An Andover lawmaker is calling for the MBTA to cancel its contract for WiFi upgrades along commuter rail routes if community impacts are not considered during a monthlong review that the transit agency announced Friday. 

The MBTA on Friday said it would conduct a 30-day assessment of the project approved in 2014 to install equipment intended to provide improved internet and cellular service. 

“There will be no construction of poles or other infrastructure during this review, which will include comments and other feedback from customers, elected and appointed officials, and residents,” MBTA officials said in a statement. 

The notice came four days after Andover and Manchester-by-the-Sea residents raised concerns to the MBTA’s Fiscal and Management Control Board, saying the installation of communication towers would interfere with the looks of historic communities and could affect home values.

Sen. Barbara L’Italien, an Andover Democrat who has been working with local officials in hopes of

... read more at: http://www.eagletribune.com/news/merrimack_valley/mbta-urged-to-consider-wifi-plan-s-impact-on-communities/article_d6e37e3c-e59b-5606-a5c4-d8f949e67c81.html