Texas, U.S. to Set Up Wi-Fi Access at Roadside Rest Stops
Jun 17, 2004
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To encourage drivers to take more frequent breaks, the Texas (U.S.) Department of Transportation (TxDOT) wants to set up free wireless Internet access at rest stops and travel information centers.

The department is accepting bids until next week and plans to choose a vendor in July. The chosen company won't be paid, however, to provide the free access.

TxDOT, which says Texas is the first U.S. state to provide such free access at rest areas, began experimenting with Wi-Fi hotspots last fall.

"The feedback we've received so far has been very positive," Andy Keith, manager of TxDOT's maintenance division, said. "Texas' highways are seeing an increasing number of business travelers, truckers and RVers and access to e-mail is important to them."

Mr. Keith said there are also plans to install special kiosks where motorists can access Internet-enabled computers with the swipe of a credit card. A price hasn't been set. (Associated Press)

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