Events DC Provides Free Wireless Internet Access at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

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Events DC and Smart City Team Up To Expand Free Wireless Connectivity To Include All Publicly Accessible Areas Of Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Events DC announced today that they are elevating the status of the Walter E. Washington Convention Center as a prime destination for hosting conventions and meetings by providing free wireless Internet access to visitors and event attendees in public areas within the convention center.

Previously, access to Wi-Fi at the Convention Center was available in 15 separate public hotspots. Visitors will now be able to connect their wireless devices throughout the public space in the building for free, allowing them access to email and Web browsing. Visitors in need of advanced connectivity will be able to purchase upgraded Wi-Fi service by the day or hour.

“At Events DC, we continue to look for ways to provide the greatest and most convenient amenities for visitors to the Convention Center,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, Events DC president and chief executive officer. “This free wireless service provided by Smart City will offer guests and event attendees that experience. It is our goal to maintain our status as one of the elite convention venues in the country and a first-class destination for our customers.”

The Convention Center has provided free wireless since 2007, and increased the number of Wi-Fi hotspots in July 2010. The current partnership with Smart City is an extension and upgrade of those services.

“We are very pleased to provide this service to all who use the venue facilities,” said Smart City Networks President Mark Haley. “With the various technologies that people now carry in a rapidly evolving wireless society, many of those people expect free Wi-Fi access to be available at any public venue. We are proud to help Events DC meet that demand.”

About Events DC

Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, delivers premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Leveraging the power of a world-class destination and creating amazing attendee experiences, Events DC generates economic and community benefits through the attraction and promotion of business, athletic, entertainment and cultural activities. Events DC oversees the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, an anchor of the District’s hospitality and tourism economy that generates over $400 million annually in total economic impact. Events DC also manages the Stadium-Armory campus, which includes the historic Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and surrounding Festival Grounds, and the non-military functions of the DC Armory. Events DC also built and now serves as landlord for Nationals Park, the first LEED-certified major professional sports stadium in the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.eventsdc.com.

About Smart City Networks

Founded over 25 years ago, Smart City Networks is the nation's largest provider of event telecommunications and technology in the convention industry. Smart City Networks can provide wired and wireless Internet services, phone services and digital signage solutions at convention centers and meeting facilities of any size. Smart City Networks designs, installs and maintains data, voice, electrical and utility platforms, coupled with voice, video and data network engineering, security and monitoring. Providing technology services to over 3,000 conventions and meetings annually, Smart City Networks currently serves more than 35 convention and meeting facilities across the U.S., totaling over 17 million square feet of exhibit space. For more information about Smart City Networks, please call 702-943-6000 or visit http://www.smartcitynetworks.com.

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