In the Inky today Jeff Gelles gives a preview of the event to be held at City Hall for the roll out of a new service. For the person who does not have internet access at home, you can now use your cell phone to find the nearest WIFI location.
Send an address or intersection by text message to 215-240-7296, and you’ll get a response directing you to a site that offers access. Add a word such as disabled or WiFi after the address, and you’ll be steered to particular kinds of facilities, which can also be found with an interactive map at the Connect Philly website.
The code behind this service was written by our own webmaster, Jim Smiley. He will be at City Hall later today along with the mayor and the folks from Technically Philly for the big event.