On Saturday, we had a FRONT PAGE article on WiFi!
Wireless Internet can be accessed for free at local libraries and businesses
By MARGARET FOSMOE
Tribune Staff Writer
ON SCREEN: Stephen Taig, of Elkhart, works on his laptop computer last week at Panera Bread in Mishawaka. The restaurant offers free high-speed wireless Internet access to customers and loans out wireless cards.
SOUTH BEND — Free high-speed wireless Internet access is spreading among area public libraries and businesses.
Known as Wi-Fi — short for Wireless Fidelity — it provides computer users a convenient, fast Internet connection.
Anyone with a wireless-equipped laptop computer or a personal desk assistant (such as a Palm Pilot) can now access the wireless Internet for free at any St. Joseph County Public Library location.
Some county library sites have offered wireless service for several years, but the bring-your-own-computer service debuted this month at the library in downtown South Bend and all eight branches.
“It’s here, it’s free and you don’t have to sign up to use it,” said Bob Lewandowski, a county library technology trainer.
(Well done Bob!)