Tyler Van Houwelingen, CEO of Azulstar Networks sees the impact of wireless networks on the design community clearly.

Tyler Van Houwelingen, CEO of Azulstar Networks sees the impact of wireless networks on the design community clearly. Azulstar has overseen the establishment of municipal wireless networks in Grand Haven, Michigan and Rio Rancho, New Mexico, so he might know. “The wiring requirements for design and build projects will change…” writes Van Houwelingen, “the need for hardwired connections will be diminished…data and voice connections will cut the proverbial chord – literally.” Some legislators, however, are reluctant sever that cord.

Texas Republican, Pete Sessions, has introduced legislation which would “prohibit municipal governments from offering telecommunications, information, or cable services except to remedy market failures by private enterprise to provide such services.” The “preserving competition in telecom act”, as Congressional bill H.R. 2726 has been called, will thwart many existing municipal broadband (WiFi) networks and determine the communications future of every major urban center and small rural town across a nation now ranked, by some estimates, twelfth in the world for broadband penetration.