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Free wi-fi service to be expanded at Balboa Park

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Free wireless Internet access for the public will be expanded soon on the central mesa of Balboa Park, Councilman Todd Gloria announced Thursday.

He said the enhanced Wi-Fi system will be offered in the area between the Spreckels Organ Pavilion and San Diego Museum of Art. The area includes the Plaza de Panama, where parking spots were removed and replaced with tables and chairs.

"Expanding Wi-Fi is a smart investment for Balboa Park," Gloria said.

His office contributed $15,000 toward the effort, while the Balboa Park Conservancy chipped in $5,000. The Balboa Park Online Collaborative, which converts exhibits at park cultural institutions into a digital form and places them on the Internet, provided the technical expertise.

"In addition to being convenient for park users, it allows for a stronger connection between visitors and Balboa Park events, institutions and attractions through technology," Gloria said.

Park institutions can use the Wi-Fi system to communicate via mobile applications and provide users with instant information about attractions, programs and amenities, he said.

The actual starting date for the service was not announced.

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