Tangentially, see The Internet of Things Is Getting Its Own Wireless Networks (Businessweek) and Nancy Pelosi urges FCC to reclassify broadband as a utility (The Verge)
"Well more than half of the online activity produced by smartphone users happens over Wi-Fi, according to newly released data from Adobe Systems (ADBE). Although the report just came out on Monday, Adobe’s research found that Wi-Fi had already surpassed Web browsing via cellular networks by early 2013. The data come from more than 10,000 websites.Wi-Fi Should Scare the Hell Out of Verizon and AT&T - Businessweek
AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) have spent years building towers and hoarding expensive wireless spectrum for their LTE (long-term evolution) networks under the assumption that they could charge more once their customers became accustomed to watching Netflix (NFLX) on their phones. The carriers have gradually tightened the ropes on how much data customers can use without forking over extra money each month."