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.
The 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
Metrorail riders have a limited amount of time to try out new Wi-Fi service at WMATA’s Metro Center, Gallery Place, Judiciary Square, Union Station, Archives and L’Enfant Plaza stations, the transit agency announced today.
For the next 45 days, commuters can log on for free while waiting for their trains.
“We are listening to our customers’ ideas about ways to improve their experience riding Metro,” Metro General Manager Wiedefeld said in a press release. “Having free access to Wi-Fi while on the platforms at Metrorail stations will allow customers to stay better connected while they travel.”
The test launch will also include a way to access Metro’s “Where’s My Train?” feature. Users will be able to launch the function from the landing page (pictured above) and tap train icons and stations for arrival times.
After the trial period ends, the service will be suspended and officials will evaluate how the program went. If all goes well, Metro could launch free Wi-Fi at all 91 of its stations at a later date.
Read more about the launch in Metro’s press release:
From Willis Shawver. Follow him on Twitter at @WShawver or email him at Willis[AT]borderstan.com.
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.