The Wireless Broadband Alliance announced on January 14 there will be a “World Wi-Fi Day” on June 20, 2016, “an initiative that will accelerate affordable wireless connectivity around the world”. This event will focus on the division between connected and unconnected societies and focus on the opportunities for societal advancement that wireless connectivity offers.
The goal of World Wi-Fi Day is ultimately to figure out a way to provide connectivity to everyone, everywhere. Lack of connectivity is not only isolated to developing countries (where billions of people lack any connectivity) but is an issue in developed countries like the U.S. Low income housing and urban areas contain hundreds of thousands of people who are still unconnected and even more do not have access to sufficient connectivity. This lack of connectivity contributes significantly to decreased opportunity for certain populations. World Wi-Fi Day is a call to action to get connectivity to these people and the Wireless Broadband Alliance is encouraging governments, operators, service providers, vendors and Internet giants everywhere to participate in this effort.
Spot On Networks is extremely proud to be at the forefront of building wireless networks that are geared towards providing secure and reliable wireless connectivity to the largest urban low income housing developments in the United States. We fully believe that everyone should have access to secure, reliable and fast wireless connectivity. Property owners, developers and governments now recognize the importance of providing wireless access to residents of their communities. Wi-Fi, which used to be viewed as a nice-to-have amenity for urban residential properties, has become a necessary utility.
In addition to raising awareness, World WiFi Day will “celebrate the significant role Wi-Fi is playing in getting cities and communities around the world connected”. With the proliferation of wireless devices and our dependence on Wi-Fi for Internet access, voice, streaming, security, home automation, social interaction – the digital divide continues to increase. The good news is Wi-Fi has the ability to offer widespread, secure connectivity and with proper network management, it is possible to get people in urban areas connected the way the need to be in order to be competitive in an increasingly wireless world.