During the final days of dial-up, wireless internet was a luxury. The pinnacle of computer technology—the equivalent of today’s new smartphones—was big, bulky boxes, or, what used to be our home computers.
Things have come a long way in not so long of an amount of time. At this point, WiFi can only really be compared to utilities like electricity or water when assessing its universal importance. Occasional internet users and computer programmers alike will admit that WiFi has become a necessity.
Depending on where you’re located, wireless internet costs, speeds and accessibility can vary greatly. For something that’s become so integrated into daily life, this is still a relatively new phenomenon, with its own particular growing pains.
Fortunately, wireless internet technology is likely only going to improve. If your city has not yet implemented free access points or is limited by internet providers, for example, take a look at the infographic below for some cities that are on the cutting edge of wireless technology—yours could be next!
Of course, it’s always important to remember that security comes first when connecting to the internet. With things like banking and insurance transitioning to online systems, protecting your online identity has to always be accounted for as wireless access becomes more ubiquitous.
The infographic below provides a lot of useful statistics that demonstrate just how far WiFi technology has come. Chances are, if you’re reading this, you’re connected to a wireless network right now—so, if you’re so inclined, take a moment to learn a little bit about it!