Alabama moves up to #8 Nationally for Free WiFi

Less than a year ago, Alabama ranked #10 nationally for the most free WiFi hotspots according to AnchorFree, a Silcon Valley-based startup.  I just checked AnchorFree’s dynamic state list again last night and lo’ and behold, our state has moved up the chart 2 spots and now Alabama ranks #8 in the Nation for Free WiFi hotspots.

We’d like to believe that this is in part because of TechBirmingham’s efforts to expand the number of WiFi hotspots in the Birmingham region.  For instance the city of Birmingham ranks #10 domestically according to AnchorFree’s listing of Most Unwired Cities.  The City of Birmingham is in the immediate company of the cities of New York, Indianapolis, and San Diego per AnchorFree’s list.  Other cities in our immediate metro area are listed as well in the top 100 most unwired cities: Hoover ranks #26 and Homewood ranks #39.

Top 20 Free WiFi States

1/15/2007 ranking

Hotspots as of 1/15/2007

State

Hotspots as of 4/8/2006

4/8/2006 ranking

% Growth over prior 10 months

1

1854

California

1455

1

27.4%

2

544

Illinois

475

2

14.5%

3

535

Texas

398

3

34.4%

4

494

Washington

347

5

42.4%

5

461

Georgia

397

4

16.1%

6

417

Florida

334

6

24.9%

7

351

Ohio

307

7

14.3%

8

336

Alabama

244

10

37.7%

9

330

Oregon

211

14

56.4%

10

323

Michigan

288

8

12.2%

11

317

Colorado

277

9

14.4%

12

300

New York

234

11

28.2%

13

273

Missouri

210

15

30.0%

14

260

Tennessee

222

12

17.1%

15

258

Minnesota

218

13

18.3%

16

246

Wisconsin

205

16

20.0%

17

239

Virginia

179

18

33.5%

18

236

Massachusetts

185

17

27.6%

19

229

Pennsylvania

169

20

35.5%

20

209

Indiana

170

19

22.9%

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