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Thursday, July 17, 2003

Will People Pay for Wi-Fi Access?

And Parks Associates, a market research firm in Dallas, recently found that only 3 percent of Internet users have logged on through Wi-Fi hot spots. Only 5 percent of that small group took out a subscription to a Wi-Fi service.

"If you don't really travel nationwide, what's the need for hot spots?" said Parks Associates analyst Yuanzhe "Michael" Cai. "If you are just the average consumer, why do you want to go to a Starbucks or a hotel lobby when you can just use your DSL at ho ...read more

Tuesday, January 09, 2001

Cisco Delays Home Network Launch

High-speed Internet providers, however, have focused on establishing basic data lines to homes, not Jetsons-like services, said Michael Greeson, an analyst at Dallas-based Parks Associates.

"The early market for the residential gateway devices is going to tend to be more data-centric - shared peripherals, shared printers, shared Internet access," he said. "It won't be for several more years until the service providers are themselves offering true bundled service packages to the ...read more

Friday, May 21, 1999

New Intel Portable Dazzles

Industry analysts doubt the Web Pad will replace the desktop computer, noting the test homes had to be wired for a radio connection between the pad and a desktop machine with a dedicated Phone line that gave it round-the-clock access to the Internet. Also, there is no keyboard, but users can call up an image of a keyboard to type with a special pen.

"People talk about the age of the conventional PC being over, but I don't think that's true," said Kurt Scherf, a home network ...read more

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