Free wireless Internet access points have been installed on the National Mall.
The Wi-Fi hotspots – which stretch from 3rd to 14th streets and Independence to Constitution avenues – will be accessible by any compatible computer or device.
D.C. undertook the project in collaboration with various federal agencies, including the Department of Agriculture and the Smithsonian Institution.
“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,” said Brian Sivak, D.C.’s chief technology officer, in a news release.
A downside for GW students is that the Wi-Fi access does not yet stretch to the Lincoln Memorial, the closest part of the National Mall to GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus.
In order to connect to the free Wi-Fi on the National Mall, users can select D.C. Wi-Fi on their computer or other Wi-Fi compatible device.
“I wouldn’t necessarily be going there to use my computer,” freshman Mariah Zwicker said. “But if it was a nice day, it’d be convenient to sit out on the Mall while getting work done.”
This article appeared in the September 23, 2010 issue of the Hatchet.