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The Globe's Future in WiFi

Monty Solomon (
Sun, 4 Dec 2005 22:32:50 -0500


By Richard Chacn, Globe Ombudsman

I ARRIVED at South Station Wednesday morning near the end of the rush
hour commute. I took a seat in the main concourse, opened my laptop
computer, and within moments saw a small part of the Globe's future.

My computer, which is equipped with a wireless antenna, grabbed on to
a signal inside the cavernous room that led to a page full of
information about South Station -- its train schedules, restaurants,
history, and comments from other people who pass through the building.

The website, which works only inside the station, was created and
sponsored by the Globe; it is one of several high-tech projects
intended to demonstrate that even as the newspaper loses circulation,
it is searching hard for ways to hold on to readers.

We've all heard the apocalyptic predictions: Newspapers are dinosaurs,
destined to be lost eventually to the speed and technological breadth
of the Internet.

Some readers have asked about the Globe's online efforts. Here is a
quick look beyond the tar pit at how the newspaper is trying to keep
up with the times.

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