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Common Goals, Unique Strengths

Of the 10 providers we contacted, only AT&T Wireless declined to participate, saying its network is in too early a stage of buildout. (Our RFI and vendor responses are available here).

The field consisted of two types of providers: aggregators (Boingo, Gric and iPass) that resell services and network operators (the rest). Many of the operators have roaming agreements with one another to broaden coverage. Nearly all the providers

• Use IEEE 802.11b

• Intend to migrate to market-leading technologies such as 802.11a and g

• Offer a variety of pricing options, including low-commitment, month-by-month, or even hour-by-hour, plans