Free Wireless all over Washington, D.C. National Mall

Not that there wasn’t enough reason to love Washington, D.C., here is another one  – Free wireless Internet access has been added to our  National Mall.

This is classic example of living in a free society and developed countries whose government spends millions on internet infrastructure because they believe in free access to the Internet as a necessity vs. my homeland country of Iran or China who spends tens of millions of dollars to restrict access to the  information.

The service that was launched yesterday, can be found under the name “DC Wifi,” covering a stretch of the Mall all the way from 3rd Street on the east to 14th Street on the West. The city has installed 220 free Wi-Fi hotspots that are accessible by any compatible computer or device.

The D.C. government installed the hotspots along with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Smithsonian Institution. The private company Cisco donated the network hardware, and Level 3 donated the Internet services.

This is awesome News for both residents and tourists visiting the many museums and memorials around the Mall. It’s particularly a huge goodwill gesture for international visitors, who will not need to pay those crazy roaming fees that are so disproportionate to carrier costs, when they use their Wi-Fi enabled smartphones.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @

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