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San Fran Captures Most Unwired Title

  |  April 7, 2004   |  Comments

The Bay Area leads for the most hotspots, allowing untethered Internet access for residents.

Internet users who moved to Porland, Ore. or Portland, Wa. in 2003 to take advantage of the plethora of hotspots [define] can now relocate to San Francisco, as Intel named the city, "the most unwired" for 2004.

Based on the number of public and commercial wireless access points, local wireless networks, wireless email devices, and Internet penetration, the study identified the Bay Area as the metropolitan statistical area that gave residents the most untethered access.

In the top ten unwired cities, California claims three spots, while New Jersey snags two. The Portland/Vancouver area dropped to 5th place on the list, and Washington, D.C. edged up from 6th in 2003 to 3rd in 2004.

Most Unwired U.S. Cities
1. San Francisco-San Jose-
Oakland, Calif.
51. Rochester, N.Y.
2. Orange County, Calif. 52. Cincinnati
3. Washington, D.C. 53. Memphis, Tenn.
4. Austin-San Marcos, Texas 54. Pittsburgh
5. Portland, Ore 55. Providence, R.I.
Fall River-Warwick, Mass.
6. Seattle-Bellevue-Everett-
Tacoma, Wash.
56. Charleston-
North Charleston, S.C.
7. Bergen-Passaic, N.J. 57. Charlotte-Gastonia, N.C.,
Rock Hill, S.C.
8. Middlesex-Somerset-
Hunterdon, N.J.
58. Tucson, Ariz.
9. San Diego 59. Akron, Ohio
10. Denver 60. Buffalo-Niagara Falls, N.Y.
11. Chicago 61. Cleveland-Lorain-Elyria,
Ohio
12. Sacramento, Calif. 62. Tampa-St. Petersburg-
Clearwater, Fla.
13. Honolulu 63. Louisville, Ky/Ind.
14. Vallejo-Fairfield-Napa, Calif. 64. Toledo, Ohio
15. Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. 65. Dayton-Springfield, Ohio
16. Atlanta 66. Stockton-Lodi, Calif.
17. Boston 67. Wichita, Kan.
18. Ventura, Calif. 68. Nashville, Tenn.
19. Monmouth-Ocean, N.J. 69. New Orleans
20. Colorado Springs, Colo. 70. Worcester, Mass.
21. Dallas-Fort Worth-
Arlington, Texas
71. Albany-Schenectady-
Troy, N.Y.
22. New Haven-Meriden, Conn. 72. Springfield, Mass.
23. Los Angeles-Long Beach,
Calif.
73. Melbourne-Titusville-
Palm Bay, Fla.
24. New York City-Nassau-
Suffolk, N.Y.- Newark, N.J.
74. Grand Rapids-Muskegon-
Holland, Mich.
25. Salt Lake City-Ogden, Utah 75. Jersey City, N.J.
26. Houston, Texas 76. Fresno, Calif.
27. Phoenix-Mesa, Ariz. 77. Gary, Ind.
28. Detroit 78. Allentown-Bethlehem-
Easton, Pa.
29. West Palm Beach-
Boca Raton, Fla.
79. Columbia, S.C.
30. Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill,
N.C.
80. Harrisburg-Lebanon-
Carlisle, Pa.
31. Baltimore 81. Birmingham, Ala.
32. Hartford, Conn. 82. Oklahoma City, Okla.
33. Philadelphia 83. El Paso, Texas
34. Norfolk-Virginia Beach-
Newport News, Va.
84. Sarasota-Bradenton, Fla.
35. Wilmington, Del. - Newark,
Md.
85. Syracuse, N.Y.
36. Columbus, Ohio 86. Baton Rouge, La.
37. Miami-Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. 87. Bakersfield, Calif.
38. Omaha, Neb./Iowa 88. Fort Wayne, Ind.
39. Orlando, Fla. 89. Tulsa, Okla.
40. Ann Arbor, Mich. 90. Greensboro-Winston-
Salem-High Point, N.C.
41. Las Vegas 91. Little Rock-North
Little Rock, Ark.
42. Kansas City, Mo./Kan. 92. Augusta, Ga. - Aiken, S.C.
43. Richmond-Petersburg, Va. 93. Knoxville, Tenn.
44. Albuquerque, N.M. 94. Greenville-Spartanburg-
Anderson, S.C.
45. Jacksonville, Fla. 95. Mobile, Ala.
46. Indianapolis 96. Daytona Beach, Fla.
47. Milwaukee-Waukesha, Wis. 97. Youngstown-Warren, Ohio
48. Riverside-San Bernardino,
Calif.
98. Scranton-Wilkes-Barre-
Hazleton, Pa.
49. San Antonio 99. McAllen-Edinburg-Mission,
Texas
50. St. Louis 100. Johnson City-Kingsport,
Tenn. - Bristol, Va.
Source: Intel

The Intel-sponsored survey was conducted by Bert Sperling, a researcher who collects, analyzes and compiles lists of "Best Places" data. The data was also calculated at the per-capita level to determine how many people share hotspots within a given city or region. The data was collected from a variety of industry sources and weighted across a 100-point scale.

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