Public Service Gets Connected

You no longer have to go through withdrawal if you are digitally dependent and on jury duty in Harris County. Rod Rice reports the county has bridged that digital divide.

"For the first time in Harris County's history we actually have WIFI up and running in the jury assembly room."

Harris County District Clerk Loren Jackson says the free service means prospective jurors can now use laptops, PDAs or other wireless devices while waiting on the jury selection process.

He says it began Monday and people really seem to like it.

"For example I was over in the jury room and announced the fact that we had WIFI and applause across the entire audience."

Jackson says this is more then just being able to kill time.

"For some people they may be able to still stay connected to their computer, to the internet and still do some work and to still continue to earn a sustainable wage and to earn a living while they are reporting to jury duty at the same time."

The service costs 13-hundred dollars a month but Jackson says it is more than off set by other cost cutting measures that have saved hundreds of thousands of dollars since he took office.
 

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Rod Rice

Local Anchor, Morning Edition

Rod Rice became fascinated with radio at an early age, while sitting on his Grandfather’s lap listening to his "programs" on the big Emerson Radio...