Is Your City A Wi-Fi Leader?

Wireless networking is expanding fast, but who will pay for public hotspots?
January 5, 2004, 8am PST | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"Away from home, wi-fi access points, so-called hotspots that permit wireless connections to the Internet, are popping up everywhere: in bookstores, coffee shops, truck stops, marinas, and airports. Even a bench in a shopping mall or a public park may be a place to connect to e-mail or the Web. Limousines are offering wi-fi service for customers on the go, and within the next year, major airlines are expected to announce the availability of wi-fi connections during flights. Cerritos, Calif., a Los Angeles suburb, plans to become one big wi-fi hotspot by placing transmitters all over the town of 51,000 residents...But much else about the future of wi-fi remains less clear, including who's going to pay for public hotspots installed outside the home."

Thanks to Laura Kranz

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Published on Monday, January 5, 2004 in The Christian Science Monitor
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