WiFi hotspot in D.C. will channel inaugural news

A free WiFi hotspot operating through Jan. 22 along Washington's Pennsylvania Ave. will let observers send photos, e-mail and commentary about the presidential inaugural events.

The Open Park Project of Washington today announced that the wireless hotspot along the avenue is now live, complementing the group's earlier free Capitol Hill hotspot.

Open Park co-founder Greg Staple said users who want to attend and report on the Jan. 20 inaugural parade and other events should 'log in and send us an e-mail, photo or blog entry.'

A sampling of all the communications and links will appear at www.openpark.net/2005inauguration. E-mail should go to info@openpark.net. Commentary can be entered directly at the site.

Staple added that users may encounter security checkpoints and searches at some of the Jan. 20 inaugural areas. 'We have been advised that the public will be permitted to bring WiFi-equipped personal digital assistants and cameras,' he said. 'We have also been told that law enforcement personnel may not permit people to bring large hand luggage' with their notebook PCs, although there is no ban on the hardware itself.

The inaugural hotspot will extend from Pershing Park on the north side of Pennsylvania Ave. between 14th and 15th streets N.W. to Freedom Plaza and the northeast portion of the Ellipse, Staple said. A coverage map appears at www.openpark.net.

In other inaugural communication news, TV Worldwide.com of Chantilly, Va., yesterday announced it will webcast the second eNaugural.com ball to U.S. troops at 9:30 p.m. Eastern time on Jan. 20 from the Washington Wyndham Hotel. The live and archived coverage will appear at www.enaugural.com, www.tvworldwide.com, and www.USVets.com, www.USVets.tv.

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