It ain't pretty being easy... (soopageek) wrote,
It ain't pretty being easy...
soopageek

truckstop WiFi wars

Location: Youngstown, OH

Apparently, a WiFi war is a-brew among the truckstops in the nation. I have been using the Flying J network since July of last year and am currently payed-up through this coming July. But I have discovered that the other two of the "big 3" truckstops have networks in place or in the works.

Pilot has a network called truckstop.net which is in virtually all of the Pilot locations as well as some of the minor chains like Sapp Bros, Love's, and Petro. At the moment, they look to be the largest, however, I've been testing them out here and there, and so far they don't seem to be incredibly reliable. I was in two different locations last week that should've had internet access and it wasn't working at either. On top of that, Pilot generally has really small parking lots and horrible services (no lounge, no full service restaurants, etc) Travel Centers of America, my preferred truckstop for fueling because of their generous loyalty perks is embarking of one of their own. They currently only have 3 active hot spots but intend to have virtually their entire truckstop system equipped with WiFi services by June of 2004.

Thjs is good news. Since July I've been fueling and showering at TA's then parking at a Flying J for the internet. Plus, since I'm largely in the midwest and east, TA's are more abundant than Flying J's, particularly in the east. I'm hoping TA builds a robust, fast, and reliable network on schedule. Then in July, when I need to renew a year-long price plan, I'll switch to them and use the other two networks on a pay-as-you go basis when a TA isn't handy.
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