: Getting hip on Route 66 "> I wondered how long until just last week when I found myself in the once-thriving (now nearly ghost) town of Williams, Ariz. In this fast-paced world of evolving roaming agreements and daily strides forward in mobile security, its easy to take technological advances for granted. It takes only a short hop to a small town off old Route 66 in the desert to remind yourself that Wi-Fi really is not everywhere, and broadband Internet accessor, for that matter, Internet access periodis not yet ubiquitous. In Williams, the only place in town where I could find Internet access of any kind was a we-make-copies-while-you-wait store that boasted an overhead sign extending fax and e-mail services as well. Unfortunately, the wait was a long one and not just because of dial-up speeds. The "closed" sign was hanging in the window whenever I stopped by. But as long as theres a telephone, dial-up is still alive and well, and iPass offers 800-number access and aggregates that service as well.Is WiMax too good to be true? Click here to read Davids Courseys column. That will still leave a need, however, for security and roaming agreements that resolve charges across providers to a single bill for the customer. But the trends seem to be pointing toward increasing consolidation of services in what was once a fragmented remote-access scenario. We could speculate ad infinitum about whether the trend will spawn acquisitions or well see coordinated services through partnerships. In the meantime, lets just enjoy the fact that remote access for the enterprise just keeps getting better. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on mobile and wireless computing.
But such quaint scenarios may soon go the way of range riders and gunfights at high noon. Access is infiltrating such locations as Rio Rancho, N.M. And WiMax, with its promise of communitywide wireless broadband, offers the potential to bring high-speed Internet access to any town that wants it.