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SBC converts picnic spots into hot spots

SBC will make California state parks Wi-Fi hot spots, the company announced on Wednesday.

SBC will make California state parks Wi-Fi hot spots, the company announced on Wednesday.

San Elijo State Beach, outside of San Diego, is the first park covered under the company's FreedomLink service. The company plans to set up hot spots in 84 more parks over the next few months, SBC said. Nearly 85 million people visit the state park system every year. The company said park visitors will be able to access Wi-Fi networks when they use a wireless device within about 150 to 200 feet of a SBC hot spot located in the park.

SBC said park visitors not currently subscribing to Wi-Fi service can purchase a 24-hour Wi-Fi session for $7.95, or a monthly SBC membership for $19.95 and access hot spots nationwide.