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6/25/04-East Texas

Roadside Internet Access On Its Way

Can't live without the Internet?

Well, Texans may soon be the first in the country to have Internet access at their fingertip even on the road. The Texas Department of Transportation has a plan in the works to provide Internet access areas at all State rest stops and information centers. The plan would include nearly a hundred stops across the State including six in East Texas.

The areas would give drivers a chance to access the Internet free of charge, using their own wireless equipped laptop. They can also pay for access at terminals set up at the sight.

While surfing the web from the roadside will cost some drivers, it won't cost taxpayers. The Internet provider will pay to install the terminals and for maintenance of the system.

TX-DOT hopes to have the terminals active by the end of the summer.

Chris Gibson, reporting
cgibson@kltv.com

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