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Convention center adds wi-fi
Posted Apr 11, 2012 by Kevin Wiatrowski
Updated Apr 11, 2012 at 01:42 PM
With 15,000 data-hungry journalists booking rooms for the RNC, the Tampa Convention Center is adding a new wi-fi system to keep them connected to the Internet.
If you thought the convention center already had wi-fi, you’d be mistaken.
Director Rick Hamilton told the Ybor City Chamber of Commerce this week he’s installing the technology as part of a package of upgrades that will modernize the 22-year-old facility.
Other improvements include a new VOIP (voice-over-Internet) telephone system and miles of fiber optic cables that will make the data fly.
Redundancies in the convention center’s utilities system will protect it against power outages as well, Hamilton said.
The one spot where the data might not flow so smoothly: the satellite dish on the roof. The facility is installing a main dish and a backup for all those thousands of TV reporters to share rather than trying to park an army of satellite trucks outside.
“We don’t have space for that,” Hamilton said.