Austin is Intel’s Third Most Unwired City

Intel has released their third annual “Most Unwired Cities” survey and the Austin-San Marcos, Tex. area ranks number three behind Seattle-Bellevue-Everett-Tacoma and San Francisco-San Jose-Oakland.

Here’s how they arrived at the results:

Survey findings are based on the number of commercial and public or “free” wireless Internet access points (hotspots), airports with wireless Internet access, and broadband availability. The survey also included community wireless Internet access points, local wireless networks and wireless e-mail devices. The metro areas included in the survey were the 100 largest in the United States, and based on the definitions of Metropolitan Statistical Areas from the U.S. Census Bureau. The data was also calculated at the per-capita level to determine how many people share wireless Internet hotspots within a given city or region. Data was collected from a variety of industry sources between Jan. 1 and April 15, 2005, and weighted across a 100-point scale to allow comparison between categories.

I have no doubt that our high ranking is due mainly to the efforts of many local activists and groups like free wireless champion, Rich MacKinnon’s Wireless City Project and Less Networks. On the political front, Chip Rosenthal and Adina Levin’s Save Muni Wireless keeps tabs on legislation that threatens wireless growth and access. There’s also the Austin Wireless Alliance.

The next time you enjoy the benefits of free wi-fi at a local restaurant, bar or coffee shop, be sure to thank them and the many volunteers and businesses that support them.

1 Comment so far

  1. chip (unregistered) on June 7th, 2005 @ 12:37 pm

    Also note UT Austin ranks as third most unwired campus. Woo hoo! We’re number three!

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