To Be Wi-Fi or Not To Be

by April 18, 2013 at 9:00 am 0

From Willis Shawver. Follow him on Twitter at @WShawver or email him at Willis[AT] 


Instagram picture of The Nats Stadium by Willis Shawver

The basic necessities of life: food, shelter, clothing, and… Wi-Fi?

Before you roll your eyes, think back to the last time the Wi-Fi in your apartment stopped working. How about that time you visited your Aunt who still has dial-up? Gives me the chills just thinking about it.

Alright, so maybe Wi-Fi isn’t a basic necessity but it has become a service our society is increasingly dependent upon. Whether you’re at the corner coffee shop or your Aunt’s house, our modern-day world demands accessible and dependable Wi-Fi. Even at sporting events.

As reported by the Examiner, the Washington Nationals announced this week that they are investing in a major upgrade to their ballpark Wi-Fi services. Nationals Park has offered Wi-Fi access to fans since the stadium opened in 2008, but increased demand on bandwidth has left the current Wi-Fi service unable to keep up.

This increased Wi-Fi capacity will allow the Nationals to offer fans premium services like the ability to order concessions from their wireless devices. Fans could also check out in-game promotions, access exclusive Nationals videos, or get up-to-the-minute game statistics.

You’ll no longer have to flag down a vendor to order your $8 dollar beer. No more waiting in a long line for your overpriced nachos. With a few swipes of your finger, that cold beer and nachos can be all yours. No human contact involved!

How does the song go?

“Take me out to the ball game,

Take me out with my phone.

Give me some Twitter and Facebook apps,

I don’t care if I never get back,

Let me Like, Like, Like my own status,

If we can’t download it’s a shame.

For it’s one, two, thr-… wait sorry, you have to see this Instagram I just took.”

Admittedly, there is a certain amount of frustration when you’re trying to use your smartphone in large stadiums. But is it really a bad thing to have unreliable internet service at sporting events? You might actually be forced to… you know… watch the game. Or even (shutter) talk to the person sitting beside you.

Next time you’re out in the neighborhood and in need of Wi-Fi access, use this interactive map to find free hotspots. There are also plenty of smartphone apps on the market to help you get your Wi-Fi fix.

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