California State Parks and SBC Communications Inc. have reached an agreement that will bring wireless high-speed Internet access to the picnic tables, tents, RV spaces and cabins of more than 85 million visitors who enjoy the state park system every year.
San Elijo State Beach near San Diego is the first state park to offer SBC FreedomLink service. Over the next six months, 84 other California state parks will become SBC Wi-Fi locations, making this the largest Wi-Fi deployment in any park system nationwide.
The California state park locations will be added to the more than 6,000 hot spots that make up the SBC Wi-Fi network, one of the nation’s largest.
Through April 15, 2005, SBC DSL customers can receive unlimited access to the more than 6,000 FreedomLink hot spots at no charge and pay just $1.99 a month with a one-year term commitment thereafter. Park visitors who are not currently SBC Wi-Fi customers can purchase a 24-hour SBC Wi-Fi session for $7.95 or a monthly SBC membership for $19.95 and receive unlimited access to SBC hot spots nationwide.
“We are living in a time when more and more people are communicating through the Internet,” said State Parks Director Ruth Coleman. “I think our visitors will appreciate a new service that helps them stay in touch with family, friends or even the workplace if need be, and so we are excited about launching this project with SBC.”
Adds Lora Watts, president, SBC California external affairs, “We’re pleased to be the first Wi-Fi provider in California state parks, providing travelers with the added convenience of wireless high-speed Internet access in remote areas. Now travelers will benefit from using our affordable and reliable Wi-Fi service at more than 700 locations throughout California and thousands more nationwide.”
SBC Communications Inc. is a Fortune 50 company whose subsidiaries provide a full range of voice, data, networking, e-business, directory publishing and advertising, and related services to businesses, consumers and other telecommunications providers. SBC holds a 60 percent ownership interest in Cingular Wireless, which serves more than 46 million wireless customers.