McDonald's(R) USA to Provide Free Wi-Fi Internet Access at 2006 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3Expo)

May 08, 2006, 01:00 ET from McDonald's USA

    OAK BROOK, Ill., May 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- McDonald's USA (NYSE:  
 MCD) today announced plans to provide free Wi-Fi Internet access to more
 than 60,000 attendees as the official Wi-Fi sponsor of the 2006 Electronic
 Entertainment Expo (E3Expo), in Los Angeles.
     E3Expo is the world's premiere trade event for the interactive
 entertainment industry. This year's E3Expo at the Los Angeles Conference
 Center, May 10-12, will showcase the latest interactive entertainment and
 education software and related products available to electronic
 entertainment enthusiasts.
     McDonald's will also distribute 25,000 coupons for free Wi-Fi Internet
 access. The coupons provide one hour of free Internet access at more than
 7,000 Wi-Fi-enabled U.S. McDonald's restaurants, powered by Wayport.
     "We believe in bringing our customers innovative and convenient
 solutions that enhance their McDonald's restaurant experience," said Jim
 Sappington, vice president information technology, McDonald's USA. "As the
 official Quick Service Restaurant and Wi-Fi sponsor of the 2006 E3Expo,
 this is an excellent way for McDonald's to demonstrate the convenient
 wireless services we provide for customers and online gamers in our
     McDonald's has been a player in the online gaming world since 2002.
 More recently, McDonald's introduced free Wi-Fi access for Nintendo's DS
 gamers at its Wi-Fi-enabled restaurants in the U.S.
     McDonald's Wi-Fi-enabled restaurants are listed on . McDonald's customers can also identify
 participating restaurants by signage that displays the Golden Arches in the
 universal Internet @ symbol. Customers can pay just $2.95 for a two-hour
 wireless Internet connection, with other pricing options available from
 Wayport. To learn more, visit .
     About McDonald's
     McDonald's USA, LLC is the leading foodservice provider in the United
 States serving a variety of wholesome foods made from quality ingredients
 to millions of customers every day. More than 80 percent of McDonald's
 13,700 U.S. restaurants are independently owned and operated by local
 franchisees. For more information about McDonald's visit .