Texas will become the latest state to offer free wi-fi at rest areas, charging for use only in excess of two hours.
The state’s transportation department signed with a vendor to provide wireless computer access at its 102 rest areas, with installation expected to be complete by October 2005. The service will be available on U.S. 90 near Hondo and on Interstate 10 near Columbus by December, TDOT stated Oct. 13.
In September, Michigan announced plans to bring wi-fi to rest areas, its 10 state parks and welcome centers. The state is offering free access this year to Michigan.gov, the Michigan state government Web site, and next year to Michigan.org, a state-sponsored site promoting tourism, jobs and industry.
Otherwise, the service at Michigan recreational areas will cost $7.95 for a 24-hour session and $19.95 for unlimited access.
In June, Iowa equipped six rest areas with free wi-fi as part of a six-month feasibility project. In Wisconsin, the rest area near Kenosha on Interstate 94 offers free wi-fi.
In addition to rest areas and truck stops, many public libraries offer wi-fi access. So do many college and university libraries, though most restrict usage to students, faculty and staff.
Restaurant and retail chains that offer free wi-fi access include: