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McDonald's to Offer a Side of Free Wireless Internet

McDonald's Corp. said it will soon offer free wireless Internet access at most of its U.S. restaurants as it tries to broaden its appeal, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune.

"We're not just about hamburgers," said Dave Grooms, chief information officer for McDonald's USA.

The Oak Brook-based company, the world's largest fast-food chain, offers Internet access at roughly 11,000 of its 14,000 U.S. locations.

In mid-January, it will lift the $2.95 fee it has charged for two hours of Internet access. There will be no time limit after the fee is lifted.

"We want people to have a comfortable place to sit and check their e-mail and get online," Grooms said. "We've become a destination for our beverages and our coffees, and Wi-Fi naturally fits with that."

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