John Scrivner wrote:
> Check this out from the Pew report. It appears that fixed wireless is much 
> bigger than what even I thought. According to this report 8% of all broadband 
> connections in the US are delivered via fixed broadband wireless.

Ouch. That study looks to be horribly methodologically flawed.

(It's at if
you're interested.)

Their survey required the responders to know what they were talking
about -- if you have DSL, but a wireless router/access point, and you're
not all that technically competent, you may well say your laptop has
"wireless" Internet access when that's not quite what they intended.

Here's the question they asked:

> Does the computer you use at home connect to the internet through a
> dial-up telephone line, or do you have some other type of connection,
> such as a DSL-enabled phone line, a cable TV modem, a wireless
> connection, or a T-1 or fiber optic connection?

That question gives me a headache, and I'd like to think I do know what
I'm talking about most of the time.

Note that their survey only had about 1500 Internet-using responders,
which is juuuust barely enough to be considered a statistically valid
sample for a population of a couple hundred million. (Their methodology
is a bit vague on whether they're sampling all Americans, or just
adults, or...)

Don't get me wrong; it's an exciting quote. I just hope everyone takes
it with the proper perspective, and realizes that it's probably "high"
by some unknowable order of magnitude.

David Smith
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