Negroponte Focusing On WiFi
from the sounds-good,-but... dept
Earlier this week Nicholas Negroponte was quotes talking about how carriers should just skip 3G, and now he’s going on in Wired about how WiFi is the future of wireless and will (of course) change everything. He goes through his pond/lillypad analogy, stretching it a bit too far. Like many of Negroponte’s predictions he seems to assume things will catch on a little bit faster and a little bit easier than is probably true in real life. Certainly, I’m a big fan of WiFi, and I think that the grassroots nature of it could lead to some very useful things. However, the backlash from folks (such as AT&T and Nokia) who see open WiFi nodes as a threat to their business are likely to hold back “universal” open WiFi showing up anytime soon. He also seems to ignore the fact that this “broadband system built by the people for the people” is only built by the people for a very short part of the network – at which point it hops onto the network built by the large phone company.