Reuters/Yuya Shino - Customers are seen through the windows of a McDonald's store (top) in Tokyo, while others stand in line in front of cash registers, July 22, 2014.

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How McDonald’s and Corporate America are Bringing Internet Access to Rural America

August 21, 2014, Joshua Bleiberg

Last Wednesday when two reporters covering the protests in St. Louis suburb of Ferguson needed Internet access, they headed to the local McDonald’s to get it. McDonald's provides Wi-Fi free of charge and does not even require that guests purchase food in exchange for using the Internet. For many Americans across the country, McDonald’s plugs a gap in the country’s Internet infrastructure.

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