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Trail Blazers Officials Say Moda Center's Free Wi-Fi Is Better, But Work Remains

Trail Blazers officials said that the Wi-Fi at Moda Center “made some progress Tuesday night, but more work remains,” according to Allan Brettman of the Portland OREGONIAN. Team officials throughout last night's game against the Rockets “worked alongside three representatives” of contractor Aruba Networks, which wired the arena during the offseason to improve Wi-Fi access. Blazers VP/Engineering & Technology Mike Janes said, "We were fighting some issues earlier in the game, but as time went on it actually improved.” He added that the team “expects to have 400 access points -- beefier versions of household wireless stations -- installed by early next year.” The venue had 76 access points "up and running" last night. Janes said that each NBA team has “already wired their arena or is taking steps to accommodate greater WiFi use.” He added that the league “wants to fully embrace the idea of fans having the so-called ‘second-screen experience’ throughout the game.” Brettman notes the Portland-area Toyota Dealers Association has sponsored the free Wi-Fi access, which features "brief promotions for the car dealers once a connection is achieved” (Portland OREGONIAN, 11/6).

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS
: In DC, Dan Steinberg noted AT&T has made a "promise to help" with the Wi-Fi service at Verizon Center. AT&T in a statement said its Wi-Fi upgrade "enhances service in the concourse." Monumental Sports & Entertainment said that there "is not currently an agreement between AT&T and Verizon Center." However, officials are "actively working on a comprehensive upgrade inside the arena for all carriers" WASHINGTONPOST.com, 11/5).
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