The Art and Science of Hotel Internet Access

As a new contributor to WWD, I’ve been asked to pass on some of the practical knowledge I’ve manged to acquire from more than 25 years as a journalist writing primarily about airlines, airports and hotels.
A little about me: Last spring I left a fulltime position as a reporter, columnist and blogger for The Philadelphia Inquirer and joined your world as a home-based freelance writer — doing the same amount of work for half the money! I continue to write a Philly-focused column and blog for the newspaper. What I’ll offer for WWD readers will be more wide ranging, talking about ways to work efficiently wherever and whenever you’re traveling, along with throwing out ideas for stretching your travel budget to the max.
My first topic is a basic for the business traveler whose working life depends on web access, and is one that many of you probably have some experience with.
How do you avoid surprises when you check into a hotel, find your room and fire up the laptop to check e-mail or do other work online?
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EVDO, now in many more cities

Sprint launched its EVDO service, soon after Verizon upped the total number of EVDO-enabled cities to 50. Sprint says about 150 million people in at least 60 metropolitan areas across the nation by early 2006 will have access to its service. For now, if you read between the lines (or simply read the lines) “Sprint is rolling out its EV-DO service initially in business corridors with high wireless-data traffic demands, such as airports and central business districts … service will begin during July in major airports and business districts in 34 markets.” Not a big deal or is it?