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The U.S. District Court in D.C. might soon be at the forefront of the information age compared to other courthouses nationwide. Officials with the federal court are considering the possibility of offering free wireless Internet access inside the courthouse. And although a request seeking proposals from contractors is already posted on the court’s Web site, Sheldon Snook, administrative assistant to the chief judge, says the Wi-Fi plan isn’t definite. “We are still exploring whether it might be useful for the bar, the judges, and court staff,” Snook says, adding that because the building has such thick walls, the installation might be cost prohibitive. If feasible, officials hope to make the network available in each of the court’s 29 courtrooms, the cafeteria, and other public areas in the main building and the new annex. It’s unlikely the court’s counterpart across the Potomac River will follow suit anytime soon. In fact, last fall, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia banned all electronic devices, including cell phones, from the courthouse. The ban has prompted an uproar from attorneys, but to no avail.
Sarah Kelley can be contacted at [email protected].

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