A couple of years ago I signed up for GSM cellphone service and later added GPRS data service to my account. With my Bluetooth-enabled phone and laptop, I can access the Internet from almost anywhere in the world. The service is neither particularly fast nor inexpensive, but for occasional use it works very well, and has "saved the day" for me numerous times. However, GPRS is not the only wide-area wireless data network technology. Kostas Pentikousis gives an overview of the many alternatives.
The term "Internet Governance" is not well-defined, but it is being used more frequently when speaking about such organizations as the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). The formation of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) and its Working Group on Internet Governance (WGIG) has certainly brought the term into sharper focus. Although governance is certainly not a technical protocol issue, we still believe that it is important for our readers to follow both the debate about and the actual evolution of Internet Governance issues. However, we fully appreciate that this is an area where opinions differand that is why the article by Geoff Huston on this topic is labeled "Opinion."
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