Those of you who followed my pension coverage last fall may recall my incessant, obnoxious whining about the lack of Internet connectivity at the State House, where all the key hearings were held. We had an awful time trying to get strong enough Wi-Fi signals through our cell phones to file stories and tweet live coverage.
Considering the General Assembly’s nearly $40 million budget, it didn’t seem like a huge burden for them to add a wireless signal in the building. Well lo and behold, today our prayers were answered:
STATE HOUSE — The General Assembly now offers Wi-Fi accessibility for members of the general public and the media. As of today, Wi-Fi is available in the House and Senate chambers and galleries, all committee rooms and in the hallways outside the chambers and committee rooms.
“This is another step in our concerted effort to upgrade the General Assembly’s technology in order to provide a more transparent and accessible legislature,” said Speaker of the House Gordon D. Fox. “During the pension reform hearings and debate last fall, we received a number of requests from the public and the media to have access to the social media world from our chambers and hearing rooms. We invested in this upgrade and it was installed during our February recess last week.”
Speaker Fox added that both he and President of the Senate M. Teresa Paiva Weed are committed to the technological upgrades, which began last year by making all House and Senate floor votes available on the General Assembly’s website instantaneously, as well as all votes in House and Senate committees recorded on the website within 24 hours. …
Wi-Fi users can gain access to the network by going to rilin_public. The user name and password will be displayed on the screen. By using this on a personal device, members of the public will be able to have direct access to the Internet.