My neighborhood is on the leading end of the rollout of municipal wifi service in Minneapolis. I kicked my DSL to the curb a little over a week ago have been pleased (though not thrilled) with the performance of the wifi connection. I’m sure things will only get better once the network is complete.
With wifi eliminating the need for ethernet and coaxial wires, and cell phones and extendable cordless phones reducing the need for phone wires, it looks like we could be headed for a future of less built-in specialty wiring in homes. For homes of the era of my bungalow, this is a full circle turn, considering that modern electric wiring was a selling point for these houses.
“A few feet of wire plugged into an ordinary electric light socket may be the means whereby wheels turn, the kettle boils, the oven is warmed, a room is lighted and heated, and an entire house cleaned.”
from “The Bungalow” by Charles E. White, Jr. (1923).