Wifi - The New Highway
A venture capitalist asks whether Wifi should be public infrastructure, just as roads, bridges and tunnels are today. Philadephia is one of the first few major cities to consider it, but there are also rumblings in Silicon Valley.
The implications are huge and go beyond simple laptop access to internet. With a standard wireless infrastructure available everywhere, all portable devices as well as non-portable appliances and fixtures could be connected to the global Internet able to communicate directly back to the manufacturer. All devices would be intelligent and connected.
What does that mean for existing Internet providers? Phone and cable companies would be forced to invest and upgrade their services to provide more compelling features such as high bandwidth and QOS.