giant SBC will help the California state park system to offer Wi-Fi high-speed
wireless Internet access in all of the state’s parks.
The company said the first
state park to offer the service would be San Elijo State Beach near San Diego.
Over the next six months, 84 other California state parks will offer SBC FreedomLink service; the system will constitute the largest grouping of so-called “hot
spots” – or Wi-Fi deployment – in any public park system nationwide.
The service is frequently
available at truck stops, although many are trying to find a new way to offer
the service after Truckstop.net, one of the largest truck stop Wi-Fi providers,
recently stopped service over a dispute with Sprint, one of SBC’s competitors.
Flying J’s Wi-Fi service
is still operating at all of that company’s locations.
The SBC Wi-Fi network
includes more than 6,000 hot spots nationwide.
wireless service costs less than $20 a month, though customers who also use the
company’s DSL service can access the Wi-Fi network for less than $2 a month.
Park visitors can use the system on a one-time basis for less than $8 a day.
Several other states have
offered Wi-Fi at rest areas, including Iowa and Texas. Those services are
typically free of charge.