Events DC recently announced that it will be expanding complimentary Wi-Fi services across the 2.3-million-square-foot Walter E. Washington Convention Center this spring. The official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia will work with Smart City, its exclusive technology services partner, to enhance the facility’s Wi-Fi service.

Previously, free Wi-Fi had been available in all of the center’s public spaces, including lobbies, concourses, and food courts. Now the service is being expanded to the exhibit halls, meeting rooms, and ballroom. According to a spokesperson, several equipment upgrades have been made throughout the Wi-Fi network and the access speed has been increased.

“With the constant changes in technology, including social media and the need for increased and more robust connectivity, our customers and their attendees deserve an enhanced experience at our center,” said Max Brown, chairman of Events DC’s board of directors. “I look forward to seeing some great posts to Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter from our tech-savvy customers.”

Once the enhancement is complete, attendees visiting the convention center will be able to check e-mail, use social media tools, and navigate online platforms and applications without having to use their personal mobile data plans. Those who need higher speed or more bandwidth than needed for routine tasks can purchase upgraded Wi-Fi options.

Events DC is planning to debut additional technological enhancements to the center, which features a range of mixed-use exhibit spaces, including 198,000 square-feet of flexible meeting space, 77 break-out rooms, and the largest ballroom in the Mid-Atlantic region. These enhancements, which will be rolled out throughout 2016, include additional digital signage, interactive wayfinding kiosks, and digital transit displays.

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