US Wireless Carriers Opposing Wi-Fi?
Long-term PC aficionados are no doubt familiar with the venerable John C. Dvorak, of PC Magazine fame. Dvorak is known as much for being an astute critic of all things technology-related as he is for stepping on toes with his constant criticisms and biting satire.
Dvorak's recent PC Magazine article (with reaction and commentary by MobilitySite here) plants the seed of suggestion that the U.S. wireless telcos are doing everything in their power to squash the availability of wi-fi on smartphones and mobile phones. The article goes on to theorize that the threat of widespread, free or affordable municipal wi-fi networks has the traditional cellco carriers running for the hills. Dvorak asserts that the recent proliferation of EVDO PC Card and Cardbus adapters for notebooks is nothing more than a defensive reaction to the possibility of large-scale wi-fi networks and continued advancements in VOIP services and handsets.
While the piece contains a mish-mash melding of the usual Dvorak-isms and insider intrigue mixed with old-fashioned theorizing, it's an entertaining read and certainly merits discussion, especially on what may be the eve of new Treo announcements by Palm and the likely continued dearth of wi-fi on these devices.