Park Wired For Access

August 8, 2003
| By Katy Rent |
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GRAND RAPIDS — Imagine taking a leisurely lunch in Rosa Parks Circle on a beautiful summer day, only to realize there is a pile of work to be done at the office. Not to worry, because the park now offers wireless Internet access.

The high-speed wireless networking technology, popularly known as Wi-Fi, allows any PDA or laptop with a wireless card to freely access the Internet.

“We travel a lot for our business, so we’ve seen firsthand the explosive growth of public wireless access points,” said Charlie McGrath, director of creative services at Structure Interactive, which recently completed the project. “It’s the next wave of communication and we felt that a city as tech-forward as Grand Rapids shouldn’t be left behind.”

Wi-Fi, based on the 802.1 pound networking protocol, is the common technology for home and business wireless networking. It also is becoming popular for wireless access points, or hot spots, in restaurants, coffee houses and parks around the country.

“We just wanted to be able to go outside, sip some Four Friends coffee and surf,” said Michael Brown, director of account services. “But then we remembered that our mothers taught us it was nice to share.” 

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