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Wireless Internet for sale in Capitol
March 9, 2005
By: Andrea Ramey
State Capital Bureau
The World Wide Web is now open to the public at the state Capitol... but it comes at a cost to the consumer. Andrea Ramey has more from Jefferson City.
For $300 a year, anyone who wants to access the Internet can now do just that.
Springfield Representative Mark Wright organized the effort to bring wireless access to the Capitol... and thinks the user fee is a fair price.
But some lobbyists like Jim Tuscher think $300 is not a reasonable amount.
Others like John Crawford, an advocate for Urban Reinvestment, wouldn't mind paying for the subscription.
Wright says the Internet service wouldn't be possible without charging consumers. He says the fee will pay for the staff hired and the equipment purchased to run the service.
For lobbyists who have enough funding, the cost is not the issue.
In fact, they say having the Internet now makes their job much more efficient.
But for non-profit lobbyists like Lynne Schlosser of the American Cancer Society, the news of being able to access the Internet has no effect on them.
For many non-profit organizations, there is no funding for extra expenses like the Internet.
Regardless of who will use the new service, Wright says it is still necessary.
Wright says the money will go to the House and after the equipment is paid for, the price will go down.
From the state Captiol, I'm Andrea Ramey.