Oklahoma State Senate|
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105
For Immediate Release: February 2, 2005
Senate media intern and OU student Makenna Smith logs on to Wi-Fi.
Senate Oklahoma’s Newest Wi-Fi Hot Spot
The Oklahoma State Senate is once again leading the
way in utilizing the latest technology for more open government
and better public service. President Pro Tempore Cal Hobson has
announced the Senate is now officially Oklahoma’s newest wireless
“We’re very excited about this latest innovation.
It means that visitors to the Senate will be able to have full internet
access through their wireless laptop computers. They’ll be
able to access legislation, streaming and digital audio, web-based
email and more,” Hobson said.
Four access points have been installed for wireless service to
provide full wireless internet access on Senate’s third, fourth
and fifth floors as well as the chamber and gallery.
“I think it benefits the public when we take advantage of
new technologies that can increase their access to information and
the legislative process,” Hobson said. “Around the country
we’ve started seeing coffee shops, airports, hotels and public
libraries provide this service. I’m very proud that the Senate
is once again breaking new ground for Oklahoma.”
In 2001 the Senate began making digital photography of events
at the State Capitol available to the media and the public. In 2003,
a digital audio service made CD-quality recordings of press conferences,
floor debate and media briefings available to members of the media
and the public interested in learning more about legislative issues.
Last year the Senate announced a cooperative agreement with the
Oklahoma Educational Television Authority to begin streaming audio
of legislative sessions as well as unveiling a new, more user-friendly
website. In addition to providing easier access to legislation,
committee schedules, and information on members, the improved website
offered a simplified web address: www.oksenate.gov.
As part of the ongoing efforts to continue updating services, the
Senate has now simplified email addresses for its members and staff.
Most can be accessed by typing in the individual’s last name
followed by @oksenate.gov. All email addresses can be accessed through
“This is an exciting time for the State of Oklahoma. We’re
poised to accomplish great things on behalf of our citizens. Giving
our citizens greater access to the legislative process is positive
for all of us,” said Hobson.
For more information contact:
Senate Communications Office - (405) 521-5774