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Free Public Wi-Fi Coming to Area Near the White House Next Week

by Tim Regan — October 12, 2016 at 12:10 pm 1 Comment

Free Wi-Fi map via Golden Triangle BIDIt will soon be possible to wirelessly connect to the internet for free in parts of downtown D.C. and Foggy Bottom.

Next Thursday, The Golden Triangle BID and the District’s Office of the Chief Technology Officer (OCTO) will launch free public Wi-Fi on a stretch of Pennsylvania Ave. NW just west of the White House.

The new Wi-Fi, accessed through the network “DCWiFi,” will also be available from 17th to 20th streets between G and I streets NW.

Mayor Bowser is scheduled to help launch the Wi-Fi service during a public event in Murrow Park next Thursday, Oct. 20, at 11:30 am., said Leona Agouridis, the BID’s executive director.

Photo via Golden Triangle BIDThe new service is part of a larger OCTO project called Pennsylvania 2040, which aims to “provide a better, more rewarding experience to everyone who uses the west Pennsylvania Avenue corridor.” In addition to the wireless internet, the project includes the installation and testing of sensors that would measure everything from air and soil quality to how full nearby trash cans are.

“When the launch occurs next week, it’ll also begin the testing of some sensors,” Agouridis said. “Part of this is learning and discovering how we can all use these sensors.”

Users who log in between Oct. 20-28 can complete a short form for a chance to win a $100 gift card to a store or restaurant in the area.

Photo via Golden Triangle BID

Comments (1)

  1. Maybe I’m dumb, but I would think that placing this on the other end of PA Ave would not only serve a part of the population that is often under-served by things like Wi-Fi but would also demonstrate how much use it would get and they could do the same thing about sensors in trash cans and such.

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