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Broadband becoming mainstream in hotels - Feb. 17, 2003

Broadband access is finally becoming mainstrream in hotels, even in the air. Marriott just announced broadband availability in over 400 hotels in the U.S. I just returned from San Jose where I stayed in a Hyatt with free Broadband. The difference in productivity is amazing. When I book trips now I look not for location or minibars in the room but broadband. That has moved to the front as the most important consideration. I have been reinforcing this message to every hotel I call. If they don't have broadband they don't get my business. The first hotel I stayed in with broadband was the Miyako hotel in Tokyo. Not having to queue up emails and then wrestle with dialing instructions and a hefty hotel phone bill thereafter completely changed the way I think about travel now. The hotel room is really just an extension to the office. I plan on trying the broadband on my flight to London in April.

When a scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.

The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.

Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.

--Arthur C. Clarke's three laws of technology

 

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