Where Are Hotspots Likely to Be?

The answer—at least this is quickly becoming the answer as Wi-Fi gets added to fast food joints, hotel chains, airports—is that Wi-Fi is everywhere. Being able to connect to the Net wherever one wants will soon seem as natural as being able to breathe. To my mind, the right to surf without wires will rank right up there with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (not to mention the right to chug down the freeway in a giant-size gas guzzling vehicle).

You can find Wi-Fi in all kinds of unlikely places (see the sidebar “Mobile Computing Anywhere” for an example).

Nevertheless, it can take some effort to find Wi-Fi hotspots—that is, places that allow you to connect to the Internet with your laptop that uses ...

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