The restaurant has 14,000 domestic
restaurants, and is the largest Wi-Fi network among restaurants in
just about hamburgers," said Dave Grooms, McDonald's CIO, in
an statement to the AP. "We are about convenience
and all kinds of value. McDonald's is about value -- value in
our food, value in our services. It's a natural fit."
officials hope free Wi-Fi will help draw customers to visit a local
restaurant during less crowded times, and will purchase McCafe coffee
drinks or regular meals. Over the years, the restaurant has
tried to transform from a traditional fast food restaurant into a
local hangout -- and free Wi-Fi is the company's latest
McDonald's is preparing to engage in a Wi-Fi battle with
Starbucks and other major chains that offer Wi-Fi access -- it's not
uncommon to see coffee drinkers sitting in Starbucks and Peet's using
their laptops while sipping on coffee. Starbucks offers two
hours of internet service for $3.99, and has around 11,000 locations.