TECH: Wireless gets real

From: Robert J. Bradbury (
Date: Sun Jul 01 2001 - 15:42:37 MDT

In this article:

Robert Cringely documents how he uses telescopes, Apple
Airports and radio 802.11b to get himself a DSL link in
what would otherwise be an unreachable location.
(If you go back through my old posts, I predicted this...)

Expensive to setup for him, but we know the technology curve.

Prediction: In the long term, with sufficient investment
in infrastructure, communications (at bandwidths unaugmented
humans are capable of generating or absorbing) will be free.

There is a brilliant paper to be done in the analysis of
when the declining costs of communications infrastructure
cross-over what the telephone companies charge for service and
the public recognizes they can be their own "common carrier".
At that point you want to be short-selling Telco stock.


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