Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 7:55am
US INTERNET USERS PRIMED FOR MUNICIPAL WI-FI OPTION
[SOURCE: Ipsos Insight press release]
Recent research results released by Ipsos Insight hint that municipal Wi-Fi service, or 'muni Wi-Fi', could lure a significant contingent of today's Internet population to switch their current ISP to publicly-subsidized Internet services that provide high-speed wireless access from homes, schools and virtually every place else within a city or other municipal area. As part of a wider survey of U.S. adults on technology and communications trends, over one-third of all adult Internet users indicate they would be interested in signing-up for municipal Wi-Fi service - if and when this service becomes available in the city they currently live - while interest is highest among those age 18-34, indicating this service may have stronger appeal with the more youthful early-adopter market. The growing availability of municipal Wi-Fi service in the U.S., particularly given the number of municipal Wi-Fi projects being developed for major cities such as Anaheim, Houston, Minneapolis and New Orleans, suggest the days of tethered Internet access are indeed numbered for many Americans.
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