DC extends public wi-fi coverage area

Last week, the District of Columbia announced additions to its citywide wireless internet initiative. Over 220 Wi-Fi hotspots have been linked up to provide free Web access for city residents, visitors and businesses, District Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Bryan Sivak said in a statement.

The municipal Wi-Fi network now extends coverage on the National Mall, from 3rd Street on the east to 14th Street on the west. The Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) partnered with several federal agencies including the Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce and the General Services Administration. Hardware and Internet services were donated by Cisco and Level 3.

The expanded access along the National Mall will be promoted through the District’s tourism office.

“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,” Sivak said. “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.”

OCTO has also created a mapping application that displays all the Wi-Fi hotspots, http://wifi.dc.gov, which displays the name and address of the hotspot site, along with a close-up map of its surrounding area.

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