The Mall is now an Internet 'hotspot'
By The Post's Lisa Rein
Visitors to the Mall can power up their computers for the first time, now that outdoor "hotspots" cover the area from 3rd Street on the east side to 14th Street on the west. The Smithsonian Institution and the National Gallery of Art also are connected.
The announcement Wednesday by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and D.C. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is part of the city's initiative to expand free wireless access throughout the District. Network hardware for the mall project was donated by Cisco, and Internet service by Level 3.
"The internet is now integral to our everyday lives, and this free resource will provide USDA employees, guests, and the visiting public another means of staying connected," Vilsack said in a statement. Wi-fi is available 24-7.
A list of the District's other wi-fi hotspots can be found online.
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| September 9, 2010; 8:52 AM ET
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