McDonald's plans to offer wireless Internet connections in 3,000 restaurants later this year with an eye toward delivering digital music and other online content to consumers.

McDonald's plans to offer wireless Internet connections in 3,000 restaurants later this year with an eye toward delivering digital music and other online content to consumers.

The fast-food giant has inked a deal with Austin, Texas-based firm Wayport to install "Wi-Fi" Internet connections in locations in Seattle, Chicago and New York. More markets will be added in the coming months.

Customers pay $2.95 for a two-hour wireless Internet connection at McDonalds, or $29.95 per month for an unlimited use plan across Wayport's entire network.

As previously reported, McDonald's is said to be in talks with Sony's Connect digital-music service to offer promotional downloads to consumers. No deal has been announced yet.