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By Lauren Allen
McDonald's of Pembroke, which will celebrate its one-year anniversary at the end of March, has a little secret tucked away inside its walls.
Unknown to most, and used by very few, McDonald's has a wi-fi connection, which allows customers to surf the net while enjoying their meals. Wi-fi is a technology that permits people to connect to an Internet network without wires and the geographical region covered by one or several access points is called a hotspot.
McDonald's of Pembroke has had this perk available to the public since opening on March 31, 2005, and is one of 6,000 McDonald's across the United States that has an Internet connection. But why was Pembroke, a small town of only about 3,000 people, chosen to be the next site of an Internet-ready McDonald's?
Adam Lewis, manager of the McDonald's of Pembroke, says it's simply for the students of the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Located right across the street from the University, Lewis explains that location is everything and thought installing an Internet-connection would benefit the students and bring more business to the restaurant.
Users who log onto to the network have to pay $2.95 for a two-hour session or $29.95 per month for unlimited access across the entire network.
Not bad, but Lewis says he's only seen one person taking advantage of the Internet connection in the store.
"If more people knew about it, I think we'd have more people using it," Lewis said.McDonald's of Pembroke is located at 801 W 3rd St. and customers can log on to the wi-fi connection anytime between 5 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.