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Image of wlan button 3.gif   AMD and Harris Announce WLAN Solution Supporting IEEE 802.11 Draft
April 21, 1997 AMD SUNNYVALE, CA
AMD and Harris today announced the industry's first complete direct-sequence spread-spectrum (DSSS) wireless local area network (WLAN) solution built to support the proposed IEEE 802.11 standard. The complete physical-layer-to-media-access-controller (MAC) solution is composed of AMD's PCnetTM-Mobile (Am79C930) single-chip WLAN MAC andHarris' PRISMTM transceiver chipset, knitted together seamlessly with IEEE 802.11-draft protocol firmware and device driver software. The solution is optimized for DSSS and features 1Mbps and 2Mbps data rates.,,51_104_543_555~983,00.html
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Tune into your WLAN Wireless LANs are based on that archaic technology—radio—so can they really keep us up-to-date?
June 1998
Wireless LANs offer mobility in the workplace and can greatly reduce the costs of cabling a building for Ethernet or token-ring networks. But LAN buyers and specifiers worry about the unknowns of this radio-based technology. How does it work? Why is it so expensive? Is it as fast as a conventional LAN? Are products from one vendor interoperable with products from another?
GCN Shopper By J.C. Miles
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Chip Solutions Aim at Low Cost WLANS
Feb 2000 The need for mobility and flexibility in office environments fuels the growth of data wireless-network applications at 2.4 GHz.
. By: Jack Browne (Microwaves & RF February 2000)
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Pulling The Plug On The Future
Dec 2000 Wireless fidelity, or WiFi, could make our computers as mobile as phones and transform commerce. By: Faisal Islam (Net News - Dec 2000)
Image of wlan button 3.gif   802.11b Tips, Tricks, and Facts by Rob Flickenger
What's the difference between 802.11 and 802.11b? How fast can a wireless network really go?
What's the best antenna configuration?
Feb 3 2001
Rob Flickenger (O'Reily Network)
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Sick of crap DSL? Start your own service!
Feb 7 2001 B
y: Linda Harrison in New York Posted: 07/02/2001 at 17:51 GMT
Image of wlan button 3.gif   A Wireless Long Shot
This series of articles tracks our progress in trying to use the 802.11b protocol to create a link from Sebastopol to a hilltop tower 20.9 miles north, and from there on to some homes 5 miles across a valley.
March 5 2001 B
y: Rob Flickenger (O'Reily Network 05/03/2001)
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Why 802.11b could rule corporate America
I've come to believe that 802.11b and its progeny will wind up as the Global Positioning System of the next decade--a technology dreamed up for a limited purpose that mushrooms into a huge range of applications.
April 2 2001 By: Rich Santalesa, Chief Analyst,PDA & Wireless World (ZDNet,10738,2702591,00.html
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Fixed Wireless Provides Network Alternative
Technology offers fast and cheap Internet access for branch office
May 7 2001: MATT HAMBLEN Kansas City, Mo ComputerWorld Kansas City, Mo
Image of wlan button 3.gif   5-GHz Wireless LANs hit the ground running
Wireless LAN offerings based on the IEEE 802.11a 54-Mbit/second standard hit the ground running this week at the Networld+Interop show in Las Vegas....
May 10 2001 By: Patrick Mannion EE Times (05/10/01, 4:55 p.m. EST)
Image of wlan button 3.gif   The Wireless Web for Everyone Everywhere
In October 2001, one special Power Mac G4 tucked inside a satellite will make history when it is launched by SkyCorp Incorporated from the International Space Station (ISS). The first web server ever placed into orbit. This computer’s first-of-its-kind mission is to orbit the Earth as a web server, using a modified Apple AirPort Base Station and several antennae to communicate with text-enabled laptop computers and other wireless devices.
June 2001
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Wireless Freenets
There is a movement afoot in America and elsewhere to build citywide networks of linked 802.11b access points—owned and operated by individuals in loose-knit community groups. If you think this sounds crazy, think again. There are already groups doing it in 12 U.S. cities, including three in Seattle and two in the Bay Area. There are also six groups in five cities in Australia, at least one in Canada, as well as groups in France, Finland, Sweden and the UK, where there are three.
July 12, 2001 by Gerry Blackwell ISP-PLANET]
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Public Access Wireless LANs Threaten Mobile Revenues
BWCS recently released a study titled, "Wireless LANs and the Threat to Mobile Revenues," which predicts that there will be nearly 17 million users of public-access wireless LANs, or "hotspots," by 2006. The hotspots are areas, such as airport lounges, hotel lobbies, conference centers and cafés, where mobile users can connect to high-speed wireless LANs. With the
rapidly growing availability of inexpensive, standardized, high-speed W-LAN options available today, third-generation wireless services might be a hard sell tomorrow.
July 2001 Report from BWCS [Report:]
Image of wlan button 3.gif   The Sun Setting On Uncle Sam's IT Empire
There will need to be some redefinition of what it is to own spectrum, perhaps looking at something like the UK approach to public access to land. Dr Farber predicts 3G will have the shortest life of any mobile system in history. He describes it as the last of the analog systems, saying: ``When you look at the prices paid, you wonder where they got their accounting from. The 802-11 technology now starting to pop up all over the world would be the foundation for 4G, becoming a ubiquitous wireless service.
9 July 2001 Helen Meredith Australian Financial Review
Image of wlan button 3.gif   NTL to launch wireless broadband trials for London
Ntl is offering London-based computer users the chance to take part in a free trial of a wireless broadband network, but is insisting that there's little chance of a commercial service coming soon.
August 2001 Graeme Wearden  ZNet UK News,,t269-s2093396,00.html
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Renegade WLANs: Parasitic or Free-Spirited Anarchistic?
In the wake of Sept. 11th, many high-tech firms that lost their wired Internet connections are turning to a band of wireless renegades who combine low-tech antennas, leading-edge networking tools and a spirit of the 1960s.
3rd October 2001 By Ed Sutherland - 802.11 Insights
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Native American Community Deploys Large WLAN
..... many Native American communities have expressed interest in the WLAN solution as a more environmental, less earth-invasive alternative to wired LANs that avoids carving up "Grandmother Earth." More information about Solectek and the SkyWay family of products is available at the company's Web site
.November 19, 2001 By Matthew Peretz
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Gates Predicts a Wireless World
SEATTLE, Washington -- Microsoft chairman Bill Gates on Friday told about 400 of his biggest fans from around the world that wireless networking would become commonplace in the next 10 years. Addressing a group of Usenet-based volunteers -- which Microsoft calls its "most valuable professionals" -- Gates predicted the coming of the "digital decade."
November 30 2001 by Manny Frishberg 2:50 p.m. Nov. 30, 2001 PST Wired News.,1367,48775,00.html
Image of wlan button 3.gif   NTT researchers predict 10Gbps wireless
NTT Corp, Japan's incumbent telco, claims to have raised the ceiling on wireless bandwidth, after achieving a peak data transfer rate of 2.5Gbps in laboratory trials.
January 24 2002 By ComputerWire Posted: 24/01/2002 at 11:50 GMT
Image of wlan button 3.gif   3GSM The Church of the False God
I've come to believe that 802.11b and its progeny will wind up as the Global Positioning System of the next decade--a technology dreamed up for a limited purpose that mushrooms into a huge range of applications.
February 2002 By: Dale Vile, Service Director, Quocirca Ltd, First published on,
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Wireless London is wide open
A comprehensive seven-month audit found that 92% of the 5,000 wireless networks in the capital had not taken basic steps to protect themselves against casual attacks. The survey, sponsored by the International Chamber of Commerce, used some novel software tools that could detect the networks other systems missed.
Tuesday, 26 March, 2002, 09:20 GMT
Image of wlan button 3.gif   BT steals a march with wireless Lan
BT Group will today unveil plans to roll out a series of wireless local area networks across the country providing business users, and eventually residential customers, with high speed links to the internet and the computer networks of companies. The telecoms operator is in advanced discussions with numerous companies to provide wireless Lan at more than 4,000 "hot spot" locations, including airports, train stations, hotels and cafes, by June 2005.
Apr 10, 2002
By ROBERT BUDDEN Financial Times;
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Rethinking the WiFi Hotspot Business Model
RoomLinX sells turnkey WLAN systems to hotels - "as amenities," is how Lunde puts it. RoomLinX hotels typically don't charge room guests for high-speed Internet access. They do, however, charge corporate customers for access in meeting and convention rooms.
April 11, 2002 BY GERRY BLACKWELL (profile) |Australia Internet Com
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Boeing gets FAA approval for broadband Internet service
Dubbed Connexion by Boeing, the system will give passengers access to real-time, high-speed Internet and intranet access, television, entertainment and e-mail. Boeing said the service can accommodate every passenger on the plane at once.
May 10, 2002 3:10 pm ET by Jim Dalrymple,
Image of wlan button 3.gif   802.11 Takes Center Stage
a technology standard gets grassroots support and a movement starts, shedding light on a once-vague notion. As popularity grows, venture capitalists rush in; big business takes notice; and evangelists predict this will change how we work and live.
June 7, 2002
By Brian Morrissey
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Surfing Free as a Cloud
It is a new kind of network: fast, wireless internet access broadcast from rooftops and church steeples, available to all for free .
June 20, 2002
Thursday Sean Dodson Guardian.,4273,4436681,00.html
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Cable companies cracking down on Wi-Fi
Broadband providers are cracking down on popular Wi-Fi networks, threatening to cut service to customers who set up the inexpensive wireless systems and allow others to freely tap into their Internet access.
July 9, 2002, 4:00 AM PT By Ben Charny Staff Writer, CNET
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Microsoft Is Bullish On Wi-Fi
Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) said Thursday that it would soon begin making home networking products, marking a significant bet by the software giant that wireless local area networks (LANs) are poised for a mainstream takeoff.
By Brian Morrissey
July 11, 2002 802-11 Planet Wireless Enterprise Forum,4000,1481_1402191,00.html
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Heavyweights Pump Up Wi-Fi
While it began as the playground of scruffy technology buffs, stringing together free community networks in tech havens like Seattle and San Francisco, the booming 802.11 industry garnered the attention of the biggest names in tech and wireless this week
July 19, 2002 By Brian Morrissey
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Warchalking is an international phenomenon
In late June web designer Matt Jones came up with the idea of using chalk marks on pavements and walls to reveal the existence of wireless networks anyone could use to surf the net.
23 July, 2002, 00:37 GMT 01:37 UK By Mark Ward
Image of wlan button 3.gif   UK gov rules stall rural broadband scheme
An innovative scheme to bring broadband access to the countryside using wireless Lans has stalled amid confusion about regulatory requirements.
19 August 2002 By John Leyden The Register
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Validating the Hotspot Model?
Announced rather quietly earlier in the summer, it looks like Toshiba's Computer Systems Group (CSG) hotspot initiative is ready for phase two. The company seems poised to give the push toward increasing the number of public hotspots in the U.S.
27 August 2002 By Eric Griffith 802-11 Planet,4000,1481_1453341,00.html
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Cable Operators Seek To Corral Bandwidth Hogs
MSOs Try Out Speed and Service Tiers, Explore Bandwidth Consumption Charges
October 01, 2002 By Alan Breznick, Editor, Cable Datacom News
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Intel to invest $150 million in Wi-Fi companies
INTEL WILL INVEST $150 million in companies developing 802.11b and other wireless networking products, the chip maker announced Tuesday.
The money, coming from the $500 million Intel Communications Fund established three years ago, should help accelerate the deployment of wireless networks and proliferate the 802.11b standard worldwide, Intel of Santa Clara, Calif., said in a statement.

By Joris Evers
October 22, 2002 8:06 am PT
Image of wlan button 3.gif   BEING WIRELESS
EVERYTHING you assumed about telecommunications is about to change. Large wired and wireless telephone companies will be replaced by micro-operators, millions of which can be woven into a global fabric of broadband connectivity.
October, 2002 by Nicholas Negroponte ( Magazine
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Open Spectrum - The New Wireless Paradigm
Open spectrum is neither science fiction nor wishful thinking about human nature. Its ideas are rooted in well-established engineering techniques and mainstream economics, and its viability has been proven in mass-market implementations involving millions of users. It is time to question our long-held assumptions, and explore new policy approaches that could generate tremendous benefits for the American people.
New America Foundation October 2002 By Kevin Werbach,
Image of wlan button 3.gif   The Death Of The Internet
How Industry Intends To Kill The 'Net As We Know It
October 24, 2002 by Jeff Chester (executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy) (Tom Paine Common Sense - a public interest journal).
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Kofi Annan's IT challenge to Silicon Valley
Too often, state monopolies charge exorbitant prices for the use of bandwidth. Governments need to do much more to create effective institutions and supportive regulatory frameworks that will attract foreign investment; more generally, they must also review their policies and arrangements to make sure they are not denying their people the opportunities offered by the digital revolution. We need to think of ways to bring wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi) applications to the developing world, so as to make use of unlicensed radio spectrum to deliver cheap and fast Internet access. We also need to explore the possibility of creating an open international university. Surely, experts can think of many more ideas along these lines.
November 5, 2002 By Kofi Annan General Secretary United Nations
Image of wlan button 3.gif   UN pushes Wi-Fi to bridge digital divide

....technologies such as Wi-Fi and the 802.16 standard for wireless metropolitan-area networks (Man) provided the chance to "leapfrog ahead of the digital divide".  Daniel Aghion, executive director of the Wireless Internet Institute, said the conference was developed from a challenge set last November by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to "think of ways to bring wireless fidelity applications to the developing world" via unlicensed spectrum to deliver cheap and fast internet access.
JUNE 26, 2003 By BOB BREWIN writes for ComputerWorld
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Will Wi-Fi Revolutionize the Phone?
As Wi-Fi grows to envelop cities, 'Voice Over Hot Spots' could replace cell services—and their profits.
Wednesday, July 16, 2003 By David Kirkpatrick,15704,465157,00.html
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Brazil champions free Internet access
The Brazilian city of Sao Paulo is offering its poorest citizens a chance to get connected for nothing, the BBC the reports.
The left wing local authority has opened almost 100 "telecenters" - free Internet cafes - where any of the city's 20 per cent unemployed can enjoy up to one hour's free surfing a day."We want to take the telecenters to the poorer areas in the periphery, to reduce the social and economic divide," explains Beatriz Tibirica, co-ordinator of the so-called "E-Government" project.
The initiative is now powered by GNU/Linux which allows the cafes to use a single-server/thin client set-up. This saves cash both on hardware and software licence fees. The switch to Linux is part of a national government drive to cut software costs.
Interestingly, the Internet cafes survive unmolested in some of Sao Paulo's roughest neighbourhoods, such as Cidade Tiradentes, where public buildings are commonly burgled and trashed. It remains to be seen what concrete benefits - in terms of education and jobs - they can bring to Brazil's disenfranchised masses.
The Register Published Friday 5th December 2003 09:35 GMT By Lester Haines
Image of wlan button 3.gif   The Wireless Revolution: The Coming Age of Unlicensed Wireless
The radio revolution is the single greatest communications policy issue of the coming decade, and perhaps the coming century. The economics of entire industries could be transformed. Every significant public policy challenge could be implicated: competition; innovation; investment; diversity of programming; job creation; equality of access; coverage for rural and underserved areas; and promotion of education, health care, local communities, public safety, and national security.
New America Foundation December 15, 2003 By Kevin Werbach, Founder, Supernova Group
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Spectrum Wants to Be Free Never pay for phone, cable, or net access again
A revolution is brewing in wireless. In an industry speech in October, FCC chair Michael Powell expressed support for a radical idea called open spectrum that could transform the communications landscape as profoundly as the Internet ever did. If it works, you'll never pay for telephone, cable, or Net access again.
Open spectrum treats the airwaves as a commons, shared by all. It's the brainchild of engineers, activists, and scholars. The idea is that smart devices cooperating with one another function more effectively than huge proprietary communications networks. The commons can be created through distinct, unlicensed "parks" or through "underlay" technologies, such as ultrawideband, that are invisible to licensed users in the same band.
WIRED MAGAZINE January 2003 By Kevin Werbach
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Skype: giving wireless PDAs a new voice
The free to use PocketSkype is designed for users of wireless LAN (WLAN)-enabled PDAs based on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 2003 for Pocket PC. As with the PC version of the software, it allows users to make free, high-quality voice calls to fellow Skype users over a broadband P2P network.
By Datamonitor Published Friday 9th April 2004 09:44 GMT
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Affordable Wireless Internet For All: How Media Activists Are Making Champaign-Urbana Illinois A Model For Community Wi-Fi
Friday, May 13th, 2005 DEMOCRACY NOW
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Community Internet Under Attack
...citizens across the United States can now set up their own affordable municipal Internet initiatives where entire communities can achieve high- speed Internet connectivity at relatively low cost, thanks to increasingly affordable technologies like under-the-ground copper wiring and wireless connections. On the other hand, in the wake of a 2004 U.S. Supreme Court ruling, major cable and telecommunications companies have been lobbying state legislatures to make such initiatives illegal, or legal only under highly constrained conditions. These companies rally under the banner of “telecom reform” in order to gain captured markets for themselves.  
August 2005 By Mitchell Szczepanczyk ACTIVISM ONLINE
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Wi-fi cities spark hotspot debate
A growing number of cities in the US are treating high-speed internet as a basic amenity for citizens, like running water or the electricity grid. But as the concept expands so does the battle with big business. Big telecoms firms - who have invested billions in cable or fibre optic links to millions of US homes - are waging a legislative and PR campaign against municipal initiatives. Currently there is a bill going through Congress, sponsored by the Texan Republican Pete Sessions, that aims to ban cities from building municipal broadband networks under most circumstances.
Thursday, 20 October 2005 By Matthew Davis BBC News, Washington
Image of wlan button 3.gif   How wireless technology can liberate the poor
Developments is a free quarterly magazine produced by DFID to increase awareness of development issues.
DFID Leading the British Government's fight against world poverty.
Nov 17, 2005
Image of wlan button 3.gif   City-wide wi-fi networks are beginning to be rolled out across the United States
City-wide wi-fi networks are beginning to be rolled out across the United States. One of the most high-profile is a network operated by search giant Google. Thanks to Google, the city has been blanketed by wi-fi, which will soon allow its residents to connect to the wireless internet all over the city for free.
Monday, 7 August 2006 By Katie Fehrenbacher staff writer for the GigaOm website
BBC News Mountain View, California
Image of wlan button 3.gif   The city of Palo Alto, California wants to own fibre network
A high-tech mecca in Silicon Valley wants to get even more connected by rolling out a super fast fiber network for all its residents.
The city of Palo Alto, California, home to many major IT vendors and venture capital firms, last week put out an RFP (request for proposals) seeking a private partner to build a fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network. The required speed: 100M bps (bits per second) both downstream and upstream. And as debate swirls in nearby San Francisco over how much the city should be involved in a proposed citywide Wi-Fi network, Palo Alto's position is clear: It wants to eventually own the whole fiber network.
October 3 2006 By: Stephen Lawson, IDG News Service (San Francisco Bureau)
Image of wlan button 3.gif   BT aims to make UK a Wi-Fi kibbutz
BT unveiled ambitious plans today to create the world's most extensive Wi-Fi network by persuading consumers to share access to their home router. "It was amazing and refreshing to see how agile a telco giant could be in working with an innovative concept like the BT FON Community."
By Chris Williams ? More by this author
Published Thursday 4th October 2007 12:18 GMT
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Better broadband for rural Britain: we’re so well connected
High-speed internet remains a pipe dream for many remote communities, but some are bridging the digital divide on their own.
Remarkable stories telling how small groups of socially concerned individuals have hooked up entire villages to the net come
as the Government dithers over providing fast broadband for all of Britain, or whether to leave us divided.
Disraeli would recognise the emergence of our two internet nations: one with fast broadband, one without,
one part of society, one excluded.
By Jasper Gerard
07 Aug 2009 7:00AM BST Telegraph Online
Image of wlan button 3.gif   The Quest for Internet Radio Standards
Internet Media Device Alliance (IMDA): To say that current Internet radio standards are out of hand is an understatement. “Right now, an Internet radio manufacturer can choose from 20 different codecs, plus different bit rates,” said Arthur Taylor, Reciva head of software and a member of the IMDA technical committee. “Worse yet, more codecs are being developed and released; many of which are incompatible with existing Internet radios.” In an effort to end the madness, radio manufacturers and broadcasters have banded together to form the Internet Media Device Alliance (IMDA). The IMDA’s mission is a simple one: to come up with a widely accepted minimum set of Internet radio codecs, so that broadcasters and manufacturers alike can use them to reach most listeners at the least cost.
The Quest for Internet Radio Standards
26 Oct 2009 by James Careless, Radioworld
Image of wlan button 3.gif   60GHz Wi-Fi coming next year (2012)
The WA is partnered with the Wi-Fi Alliance to drive this. The IEEE 802.11ad committee is developing a formal spec. And Wilocity, a new company, has partnered with Atheros to deliver a tri-band (2.4, 5 and 60 GHz) chipset.
January 6, 2011, 9:34am PST ZNet
Image of wlan button 3.gif   Next-Generation Wi-Fi Hotspot Infrastructure Launched at MWC
At Mobile World Congress, Cisco introduced the industry's first carrier-grade, end-to-end Wi-Fi infrastructure to deliver Next-Generation Hotspots (NGH).
The company also announced that it is working with several leading global service providers -- including AT&T, BT, PCCW mobile, Portugal Telecom, Shaw Communications, Smart and True -- to deliver innovative mobile services with a new generation of intelligent "small cell" solutions utilizing licensed and unlicensed radio technology.
Cisco, which is now embedding Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA)-approved NGH technology within its service provider Wi-Fi portfolio, recently became the first to deploy NGH technology to enable cellular-like roaming for Wi-Fi networks.  The WBA's NGH initiative is based on the Hotspot 2.0 specification established by the Wi-Fi Alliance and is designed to provide mobile users with a seamless Wi-Fi experience.

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