Large scale WiFi projects are on the rebound after a hiatus (and the failure of several cities to complete the rollout of their municipal wireless networks) according to Patrick Nelson in his article, I Want My M-WiFi. There are several reasons:
- Carriers are using Wi-Fi to offload cellular data traffic.
- Operators are combining Wi-Fi and cellular subscriptions to attract new customers or keep existing ones.
- People are demanding fast wireless broadband wherever they go and they do not want to exceed their data limits.
- Many iPad users do not have cellular data plans associated with their iPads.
Read his article for more details.