Wireless broadband drivers and their social implications

Bharat Rao, Mihir A. Parikh

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Wireless local area networks now offer high-speed Internet access at numerous locations in both public and private environments. Associated with this rapid growth, numerous social implications come to the fore, especially relating to practices, such as the free use and sharing of bandwidth. Using case-based comparative analysis, we examine three primary strategies involved in providing wireless broadband access. Based on this research, we discuss the future of Wi-Fi growth, emergent competing technologies, and the broad social implications of this phenomenon. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)477-489
Number of pages13
JournalTechnology in Society
Issue number4
StatePublished - Nov 2003


  • Business model
  • Social implications
  • Wi-Fi
  • Wireless broadband

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Business and International Management
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science


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