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Best Western accesses Net via satellite

The chain plans to roll out satellite Internet access in 1,000 of its 2,300 hotels, throwing in some free wireless access.

Best Western International said it will roll out satellite-based Internet access to 1,000 of its 2,300 hotels in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, with some locations getting free wireless connectivity. Best Western is a nonprofit membership organization of 4,100 independently owned hotels around the world.

Best Western plans to use Future Visions' Netlink satellite service and to complete its first round of installations by September, aiming to attract more business travelers, it said in a statement.