Friday, December 24, 2004
Fast access from anywhere: a right
What does wireless broadband have in common with water and solid waste management? Like the first two items, wireless broadband is becoming a municipal utility as dozens of cities have started the process of creating public wireless networks.Repeat: Fast access from anywhere is becoming a right.
The city of Cerritos, California started the trend early in the year and, by year-end, dozens of U.S. cities had jumped on the bandwagon. Their reasons varied widely. Cerritos, for example, had no DSL or cable coverage from private vendors. Other cities, such as Philadelphia, placed more emphasis on using wireless to project a progressive and business-friendly image.
Not surprisingly, this trend has drawn the wrath of private-sector broadband providers . . .
Perhaps the most important part of this trend, and the most subtle, is the growing recognition that fast access from virtually anywhere is becoming something close to a right in the U.S. That can only bode well for the future of information technology.
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