Bringing Wi-Fi Back — to the Backyard, that is!

With Wi-Fi, the great outdoors is even greater. The American Society of Landscape Architects, based in Washington, D.C., does a yearly trends survey of its members. This year, the people have spoken — they want Wi-Fi.

Backyard fun is better with Wi-Fi!

According to an article from WTOP, the 2017 survey found that “nearly 71 percent of landscape architects now rank wireless and internet connectivity as a top consumer demand.” Wi-Fi is expected to come in as the second most wanted outdoor element for 2017. That’s a big deal. Technology has never made it to the top ten, much less the top five! Wi-Fi beat out elements such as lighting, outdoor furniture, and even grills.

“We’ve been wiring landscapes with outdoor speakers for a long time,” says Jennifer Horn at Jennifer Horn Landscape Architecture, “but now the fact that you can control that from your phone is much more convenient and people are using it more because it’s a lot easier to turn on…your music and hook it up to your Spotify account or Echo account” or other services, she says.

There’s a reason that Wi-Fi, and the unlicensed spectrum in which it operates, is in such high demand. Wi-Fi has a lot to offer, from backyard bliss to educational and job opportunities to next-generation medical devices and more, and people are taking notice. However, if we want to Wi-Fi to remain a fixture in our everyday lives, we have to step up and make sure that we have enough unlicensed spectrum available to keep Wi-Fi working.

From homes to schools to businesses and more, the demand for Wi-Fi isn’t going away. We need to do our part to make sure that accessible, reliable, and affordable Wi-Fi is available to meet that demand. Policymakers, tech innovators, and wireless Internet equipment manufacturers need to work together to make sure that more unlicensed spectrum becomes — and stays — available, that technologies such as LTE-U stay out of Wi-Fi’s way, and that growing network traffic is managed effectively.

The grass really is greener on the Wi-Fi side. Click here to show your support for Wi-Fi and unlicensed spectrum!