From about a year and a half ago:
«I don't think Wi-Fi would have boomed anywhere near the way it has if it weren't for the last-mile problem, and the last-mile problem is a political problem. You throw all this stuff out there, Al Gore-style, and have an information superhighway that goes into every school, and it's run like the highway system with highway patrols and policed after a fashion.
Well, they never actually carried it the last mile! They suddenly realized that if they put broadband in every school they'd lose all the music and all the movies and all our intellectual properties, so they just recoiled at the last minute and then the dot-com thing blew out on top of that. So you've got all these little bread-mold-type networking guys springing up all over the place and just jamming stuff into corners with Wi-Fi that goes 100 yards this way and 100 yards that way. It's a joke.»
--"The Last Mile: Futurist Bruce Sterling and Austin Unleashed's Zane McCarthy on the potential tangles of wireless"