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Chapter 10. The Future of Wireless

Chapter 10. The Future of Wireless

We live in a world in which we accept not just that technology constantly changes, but also that the rate at which technology changes will continue to increase. With many technologies, change affects only the use of the technology itself, not the world at large. Faster processors mean that programs run more quickly. Larger monitors let you see more onscreen at once. Faster network adapters reduce the time it takes to copy files to or from a file server. But none of these extremely welcome technological advances significantly affect our social, economic, or political worlds.

Not so with wireless networking. More than most other technologies, wireless networking affects how you travel and how you use the Internet. Plus, you may find that wireless Internet access affects how, where, and when you work, and that can significantly affect the way you live. It can change your relationship with your employer, and with companies that provide Internet access. And because the radio spectrum is governed by regulatory bodies throughout the world, building and using wireless networks can affect your relationship with the government.


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