Patna railway commuters embrace free Wi-Fi, mostly for porn [Update]

Commuters passing through Patna station have embraced the free Wi-Fi services it has to offer with more enthusiasm than those at other railway stations across India. Of course, the majority of users are mainly searching for porn sites because that’s what technology does to people.

UPDATE: After reports of Patna’s appetite for pRon broke out, RailTel uncomfortably denied the news was true. A few days later, the Chief PRO of East Central Railway (ECR) gave a statement to the effect that access to such shady sites through the public Wi-Fi service has now been banned.

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How many of us take optimal advantage of having access to the incredible power of the web right at our fingertips? Jaipur, Bengaluru and New Delhi railway stations come next in terms of the volume of internet searches launched by passengers. To date, 23 stations in India extend free Wi-Fi to commuters.

There are plans to hook up all major railway stations across the country with complimentary internet facilities in the near future. Patna comes under Danapur Division of East Central Railway. It has 200 trains making a stop on a daily basis. It’s also the first station in Bihar to host a public Wi-Fi hotspot.

Even though porn may be the most popular content being looked up by folks passing through, YouTube and Wikipedia tag behind it. Not surprisingly, downloading movies and songs is a favorite pastime among commuters too. RailTel plans to up the speed from 1Gbps to 10Gbps in order to keep up with the demand.

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Patna, which serves as the capital of Bihar, also happens to boast of the world’s longest free public Wi-Fi zone. For a total stretch 20 kilometers along the Patna to Danapur and NIT-Patna on Ashok Rajpath to Danapur routes, commuters can sign into a hotspot at no cost at all.