The Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC has finally launched its first outdoor WiFi hotspot, more than two years after Open Park, a non-profit group I’m involved with, offered to deploy free WiFi access across the National Mall.
For reasons that remain mysterious, the Smithsonian rejected Open Park’s efforts, and instead is hiring vendors to deploy more limited WiFi access. There are only a limited number of antenna locations on the Mall, and the Smithsonian controls most of them, which makes them the key bottleneck for any public wireless access.
It’s a shame Open Park’s efforts were stymied. Still, it’s nice to see at least some progress is being made toward a wireless commons on the National Mall.
Open Parks’s website has the whole story.