Seattle is now the most unwired city in America, according to Intel Corporation’s third annual “Most Unwired Cities” survey released today.
In a rapidly changing wireless landscape, Seattle narrowly unseated former top position holders San Francisco (2004’s Most Unwired City ) and Portland , Ore. (2003’s Most Unwired City ). Seattle-area residents can now stay connected, informed and entertained throughout the city, from the original Starbucks at Pike Place Market and the Bank of America Tower to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and the Space Needle.
“Wireless is becoming a fundamental part of how we live,” said Bert Sperling of Sperling’s Best Places, which conducted the surveys. “The ability to access information and entertainment when and where you want it is simply irresistible to business people seeking greater productivity and consumers who live an on-the-go lifestyle.”
Following the Seattle-Bellevue-Everett-Tacoma, Wash. area on the list of top 10 unwired regions are San Francisco-San Jose-Oakland, Calif. (No. 2); Austin, Texas (No. 3); Portland, Ore.-Vancouver, Wash. (No. 4); Toledo, Ohio (No. 5); Atlanta (No. 6); Denver (No. 7); Raleigh-Durham, N.C. (No.8); Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minn. (No. 9) and Orange County, Calif. (No.10). Making the biggest jump over last year, Baton Rouge , La. climbed 67 spots to crack the top 20. The complete list of Intel’s “Most Unwired Cities” is available at www.intel.com/go/unwiredcities .