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National Mall wireless Internet officially up and running

September 8, 2010 - 02:42 PM
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Visitors to the National Mall can now get online for free (Photo: TBD Staff)

We alluded to this in an earlier story, but now it's official: the D.C. government just sent out its announcement that free wireless Internet is indeed up and running on the National Mall. 

The new hotspots, which can be found under the name "DC Wifi," cover a stretch of the Mall all the way from 3rd Street on the east to 14th Street on the west. From the Office of the Chief Technology Officer's release:

Residents and visitors can use the new hotspots 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Travelers visiting the Smithsonian can access the rich content available on the District’s website, dc.gov, Destination DC’s website, Washington.org, and many other sites to plan visits to other local attractions. Residents can enhance a summer picnic by streaming music from the web. Workers taking a lunch break to run or catch some rays can say in touch with their offices. Everyone can enjoy nice weather and beautiful sights while browsing the Internet with their laptops and PDAs.

“Now anyone can enhance the experience of a tourist visit, work break, or fitness walk on the Mall with all the rich resources available on the Internet—information, music, maps, video, and more,” said CTO Sivak. “This is one more example of how we’re deploying technology to make life and work for residents, businesses, and visitors more convenient, efficient, and fun.”

Efforts to bring free Wi-Fi to the National Mall date back to at least 2005. A current map of free hotspots offered inside the District of Columbia can be found here.

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    Paul Moon

    Sep 08, 2010 - 04:16:41 PM

    Among all else, this is a huge goodwill gesture for international visitors, who will not need to pay those exhorbitant roaming fees that are so disproportionate to carrier costs, when they use their Wi-Fi enabled smartphones.

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