The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority has approved a major upgrade to the networks at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center and the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center. The upgrades to the wide-area network at both facilities will have a 10-gigabit capacity per second, replacing an eight-year-old system. The MCCA's CIO, Steve Snyder, said, "The upgrade is like going from a moped to a Formula 1 racer." The new system will be available in spring 2013, and the wireless service at both the BCEC and the Hynes will continue to be offered for free. "It's not a luxury to be connected nowadays," said James E. Rooney, MCCA executive director. "It's a necessity."