As we depend more and more on Internet access to accomplish simple tasks and connect with peers, family and business contacts in our daily lives, the demand for 24/7 access to wireless Internet is inevitable. However, Wi-Fi isn’t everywhere yet. This week we bring you articles on some struggles and triumphs in wireless access.
Although in-flight wireless was only introduced as recently as 2007, many passengers are demanding faster service when flying. A survey conducted by Honeywell Aerospace, a supplier of in-flight connectivity hardware, found that 66 percent of those surveyed chose flights based on access to Internet. 17 percent claimed to have switched from their preferred airline to another company with in-flight Wi-Fi.
A new proposal will allow travelers at JFK and LaGuardia international airports to access 30 minutes of free Wi-Fi as soon as this fall. The deal is part of a new contract with Internet provider Boingo Wireless, which partners with multiple major United States airports, many of which already provide free Internet access.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reports that up to 60 percent of schools in the US lack sufficient Wi-Fi, while some completely lack wireless connection. The FCC and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) are working toward providing 10 million students across the country with access to in-school Wi-Fi. The FCC committed $1 billion to making this possible, with the GSA working to secure better hardware rates for Wi-Fi installment in schools.
Google May Bring Wi-Fi to New York City Pay Phones – Computer World UK
There are more than 7,000 pay phone sites across New York City’s five boroughs, and Google is one of several bidders vying for the chance to utilize those sites for Wi-Fi hot spots in the near future. The plan is to turn pay phones into areas to charge cell phones, provide free wireless Internet access and make free emergency and information calls.