In a further sign of the spread of wireless Internet technology, McDonald’s restaurants in three U.S. cities will offer one hour of free high-speed access to anyone who buys a combination meal.
Ten McDonald’s in Manhattan will begin offering wireless WiFi, or 802.11b, Internet access on Wednesday, McDonald’s spokeswoman Lisa Howard said.
By year’s end, McDonald’s will extend the access to 300 McDonald restaurants in New York City, Chicago and a yet-unannounced California town, Howard said.
“You can come in and have an extra value meal and send some e-mail,” Howard said. Window signs will alert customers to the restaurants with WiFi access, she said.
Besides McDonald’s, Internet surfers will also be able to tote their laptops to 400 U.S. Borders book stores, hundreds of hotels and a pair of U.S. airports where WiFi access will be available by summer, companies announced Monday. More here.