Here’s an infomercial on the role of wireless access on the Super Bowl. They mentioned the 1300 wireless access points around the US Bank Stadium. It’s created by National Association of Tower Erectors (NATE) – the builders of the network.
Having adequate broadband for a conference is a big deal. A few weeks ago I was helping with a conference in St Paul. The location (which fit 2,500 people) had a wireless network but it wasn’t enough for the sold out audience. They only had a 100 Mbps into the building. (And I assume that was down only – they never did get me in touch with the person who knew.) We wanted to invite people to live stream and post on social media during the conference. And we wanted them to not use up their personal cellular data caps or run into congestion.
It was expensive to have anyone upgrade the connection – especially for one day. We weren’t as big as the Super Bowl so probably not worth 1300 wireless access points – but still worth consideration for any community (or business) looking to attract conferences – broadband matters. In the end – we went with what was available. People got a little frustrated – I quickly moved off the free wireless to my own hotspot. And I think next time broadband might move of the list of necessities for a location.