Two truck stop chains have offered to provide wireless
Internet service to customers of Truckstop.net.
Wi-Fi service at
more than 500 truck stops across the United States served by Truckstop.net has
been halted, the company announced Nov. 30. The locations include all the Petro
locations that carried the service.
Service at a number
of locations continued however, as truck stop operators made efforts to keep
customers online. Among those that made the effort were locations operated by
In a statement posted on the
company’s Web site, Love’s officials said, “We have reinstated our Wi-Fi service and our truck stops are Wi-Fi
hotspots once again, now with a stronger signal.
since Truckstop.net is still down, we will not be able to take new Wi-Fi customers, but we will honor all existing
Truckstop.net accounts, even those purchased with our competitors.”
The chain will provide the service to customers for free
for the next 90 days, according to the company statement.
In addition, Flying J truck stops will honor the outstanding
balance on Truckstop.net accounts, providing those customers service at its 285 “hot spots” – as Wi-Fi locations are known – nationwide.
“We understand how important it is for drivers to stay
connected while they are on the road,” J.J. Singh, vice president of financial
and communication services at Flying J, said in a release. “High-speed Internet
access has become a necessity for many drivers and owner-operators and we
sympathize with those drivers that have been affected by this unfortunate
The outage began
when Truckstop.net sued Overland Park, KS-based Sprint, which installed and
configured the service’s equipment. A statement from Truckstop.net said the
company filed suit Nov. 15 in U.S. District Court in Idaho, claiming that its
customers were suffering service outages caused by Sprint equipment. The
problems reportedly affected “thousands” of customers who used the wireless
communications manager at Sprint’s Overland Park, KS, headquarters, said that
when the suit was filed Nov. 15, the judge required Truckstop.net to post a
$67,500 bond and ordered Sprint to continue the service.
During a second
hearing Nov. 19, the judge increased the size of the bond. Truckstop.net did
not post the amount by Nov. 22 as required, effectively ending the injunction,
so Sprint cut off service Nov. 23, she said.
According to the
news release from Truckstop.net, the Internet service provider had worked with
Sprint for five months to find the source of the problem, but that the
telecommunications company had not corrected them.
said her company conducted tests but was not able to replicate the problems
described by Truckstop.net officials.
“We believe the
services performed to the contractual agreement,” Peterson said.
“I just believe that
we’ve met the requirements of our agreement with Truckstop.net to provide
equipment and services, and we should be paid for what is due to us. I think
that’s our bottom line.”