Many wireless options in town |

Many wireless options in town

Susan Wood

It’s been a year since Hot Spots’ Michael Greenstein shared a vision with area businesses to expand South Lake Tahoe into a wireless computer hotbed.

Greenstein, who runs the technology authority at Stateline, is using BlueGo kiosks installed at several South Shore businesses. BlueGo, a name derived from Tahoe’s Blue World, represents the transit system in town with fixed routes and on-call service.

The kiosks are touch-screen activated stands used to call for bus service.

“Thousands have used it,” Greenstein said of the pay-per-use Internet service.

The service for laptops, PC tablets, Palm Pilots and digital assistants costs $4.95 for two hours of Internet access and $49.95 for a full month’s worth. The BlueGo transit system gets about a third of the revenue, while the property owner takes in 10 percent of the proceeds.

Users can stand 30 to 300 feet from the base unit to access their computers.

The latest business to sign up is the Tahoe Keys Marina, as of two weeks ago.

Manager Ray Carreau said the marina received many requests for the service. Apparently, some boaters can’t leave their work behind.

“That’s today’s world,” he said. “The old days of horse and buggy are gone.”

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