Wi-Fi in the Wilderness
Going camping? Pack your tent, your marshmallows, and your favorite Wi-Fi device. According to a recent study by Kampgrounds of America (KOA), more and more Americans are going camping — and want to bring the many benefits of Wi-Fi with them.
KOA estimates that a whopping 37 million American households went camping at least once in 2016. The study also found that 95 percent of people who go camping bring technology with them, and nearly half of campers indicated that access to Wi-Fi was a big factor in where they chose to camp.
That’s a big deal. The U.S. outdoor recreation economy generates around $646 billion in consumer spending each year and provides 6.1 million jobs. There’s a lot of money at stake, and a lot of incentive to provide Wi-Fi services for all of those people.
Wi-Fi, and the the unlicensed spectrum that makes it work, is in high demand at campgrounds and beyond. To support the growing number of devices and users that depend on Wi-Fi, policymakers, tech innovators, and manufacturers need to work together to open up more unlicensed spectrum and to keep it open for business. They also need to ensure that all the digital traffic on the unlicensed spectrum that we do have is managed effectively, and that other technologies such as LTE-U don’t interfere with Wi-Fi’s ability to function.
More unlicensed spectrum means more Wi-Fi, which makes for more happy campers. Click here to support Wi-Fi and unlicensed spectrum!