House to blanket congressional offices with wireless Internet

The House is expected to announce plans on Wednesday to provide computer users with complete wireless Internet access throughout the entire Capitol campus.

Over the next three years the department that oversees the technological maintenance for the chamber is pushing to install 750 wireless access points throughout member and committee offices, said Chief Administrative Officer Dan Beard in prepared testimony before the Legislative Branch subcommittee on Appropriations.

Wireless access is currently available in the Longworth cafeteria and Beard said that he expects it will soon be available in the Rayburn cafeteria as well.

The lack of robust wireless Internet access in congressional office buildings has been frustrating for staffers and groups wanting to host events on campus.