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LinkSpot Networks, a Reston, Va.-based provider of wireless Internet solutions, has formed a strategic partnership with Transaction Network Services (TNS).
“Combing our extensive knowledge of the travel industry with TNS’ expertise in the communications field, we are accelerating the pace of Wi-Fi service delivery to parks across the nation,” said Alan S. Kobran, president and CEO of LinkSpot Networks.
LinkSpot creates parkwide Internet access by installing a high-speed line into the park and distributing the service to campsites using a Wi-Fi signal. To access the service, a traveler merely installs a Wi-Fi card into the computer, opens the browser and logs on o the LinkSpot network with a credit card. Consumers choose their billing preference – hourly, daily, weekly or monthly – and are billed only for time used.
LinkSpot already has installed Wi-Fi systems in more than two dozen parks in 13 states. But the partnership with Reston-based TNS will enable the company to deploy Wi-Fi technology at an even faster rate by tapping the infrastructure that TNS already has in place across the country. LinkSpot plans to expand its service to 100 parks by year’s end.
According to a University of Michigan study commissioned by the Reston-based Recreation Vehicle Industry Association (RVIA), 7 million U.S. households own RVs and 50% of them travel with a computer.