The San Francisco Bay area in CA, U.S. is the nation's top market for wireless Internet hot spots, according to a new U.S. study sponsored by chipmaker Intel Corp.
The region was followed by Orange County, CA, U.S., Washington, D.C., U.S., and Austin, TX, U.S. Last year's "most unwired" area, Portland, OR, U.S., was bumped to number five on the list compiled for the semiconductor giant by "Best Places" author Bert Sperling.
California, U.S.-based Intel, which has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in marketing its Centrino mobile chip sets, sees the growing popularity of Wi-Fi wireless Internet service as a big driver of microprocessors, particularly those used in laptop and hand-held computers.
Wi-Fi is no longer limited to airports, coffeehouses, and home networks. Hot spots are springing up in tourist spots, truck stops, recreational vehcile (RV) parks, and shopping malls. Intel's survey did not say what percentage of the hot spots were paid versus free.
The study's author also found the following in his research:
Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, U.S., is the nation's most unwired campus. It is followed by Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN, U.S.; the University of Texas at Austin in Austin, TX, U.S; Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH, U.S.; and Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, U.S.
Dallas-Forth Worth is the best U.S. airport
for Wi-Fi access, followed by New York LaGuardia, Atlanta Hartsfield, Chicago O'Hare, and Baltimore-Washington.
The studies' findings were based on calculations involving the number of wireless access points and the number of people in the metropolitan region, college, or airport, among other factors. (Associated Press)
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