Internet Access in the Park

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Date: Tuesday, August 7th, 2001, 14:19
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CNN Headline News ran a cool story today on a new form of mobile technology: wired benches, as in park benches. It goes something like this, you are strolling through the park and need a quick fix of the Web or need to check your email. You sit down at one of the new wired park benches being installed by MSN.co.uk and plug your laptop into the data port on the side of the bench. The service is free.


CNN Headline News ran a cool story today on a new form of mobile technology: wired benches, as in park benches. It goes something like this, you are strolling through the park and need a quick fix of the Web or need to check your email. You sit down at one of the new wired park benches being installed by MSN.co.uk and plug your laptop into the data port on the side of the bench. The service is free.

Data port on the side of the bench? Sounds like one of those funny Holiday Inn commercials, doesn’t it?

Don’t laugh, the benches are being developed by the British Web portal and are being deployed in Bury St. Edmunds, “a village in the southeast near Cambridge that borders Silicon Fen, the British rival to California’s Silicon Valley,” according to CNN. For more information on the newest form of public Internet access check out the CNN article “Web reaches a ‘bench’ mark in UK.”

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