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MCBQ Barracks get WiFi

By John Hollis | Marine Corps Base Quantico | November 20, 2014


Boingo Broadband had young Marines in mind with a flexible internet and TV package convenient to barracks living.


Providing easy access, fast speeds and added flexibility, Boingo is a fully wireless solution for internet, TV and Wi-Fi devices.  A free basic service includes 128kpps for e-mail and web browsing, in addition to free local IPTV. Marines living in barracks aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico have the option to buy a standard internet/TV service or an expanded internet/TV service.


The service’s easy access and mobility from base to base appeals to Marines often changing duty stations.


“You keep your service contract and you can move from base to base,” said Tasha Smith, director for retail services for Marine Corps Community Services. “There’s no new service contract needed. You don’t have to go through the hassle of starting over.”


Perhaps equally as appealing to Marines will be the ability to enjoy the service while on the go. Common hotspots are included in most airports, including those throughout the metropolitan Washington, D.C. area.


Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, Marine Corps Base Twentynine Palms in California, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort in South Carolina and Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany in Georgia are already on board with Boingo, with Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune expected to follow suit in early December.


The Boingo service, which replaced the Wi-Fi network of Comcast at MCBQ, has already begun offering internet options and is quickly proving a big hit. More than 25 Marines signed up for the service within the first two hours of open registration the first week of November, Smith said. TV service, however, will not be available until early December. The basic TV service is free, but upgraded service is also available at costs.


The Boingo service covers all MCB Quantico barracks with the exception of RSU (Camp Usher) and Liversedge Hall.


Writer: jhollis@quanticosentryonline.com

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