Intel's interest in Wi-Fi and long-haul is transforming wireless: John Markoff files the counter-punch to the several articles recently that question whether Wi-Fi's boom is about to bust by dissecting what exactly Wi-Fi is: it's not just for-fee hot spots. You'll note a pithy remark by yours truly about Intel, which Markoff notes has several irons in the fire to push adoption of high-speed networking everywhere. And the other usual suspect, colleague Alan Reiter.
Remember: Wi-Fi is a multi-billion-dollar-per-yer business that continues to accelerate. Hot spot service is tens of millions of dollars a year, and it's not going away. So many of the companies investing in hot spots aren't in a position to shut them down now or in the near future. And the hockey stick curve upward is happening -- but whether that adoption curve will be paid for by venues or by users is the real question of the hour.