Charlotte, N.C. will be the second city added to AT&T's Wi-Fi hotzone pilot program, the wireless carrier announced this week. The program offers free Wi-Fi to customers in select areas in an attempt to bypass network congestion in heavily populated zones.
"Our first AT&T Wi-Fi hotzone in New York City has received praise from our customers, and w're excited to introduce this Wi-Fi solution in Charlotte," Angie Wiskocil, senior vice president of AT&T's Wi-Fi services, said in a statement.
AT&T has found itself under near constant fire for its spotty 3G coverage and inability to keep up with demand for data services on its network. As the exclusive carrier of the iPhone and, more recently, the iPad, AT&T said its mobile data traffic growth has spiked by 5,000 percent in the past three past years.
AT&T hopes to solve the problem by combining Wi-Fi and 3G networks.