Chicago ranks last for Wi-Fi at work, because apparently we just let Cleveland beat us now
Chicago is a Wi-Fi desert — undernetworked and ranked last among the country’s top 20 metropolitan areas for Wi-Fi availability at work, a survey out Wednesday reveals.
The survey of 1,000 working professionals nationwide, sponsored by Wi-Fi platform company Ubiquiti Networks and conducted late last month, showed 68.6 percent of those in Chicago have Wi-Fi at work. That compares with Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Seattle, which tied for No. 1 with 90.2 percent of employees accessing Wi-Fi at work, and behind even No. 19 Cleveland with 76.5 percent access.
A Ubiquiti spokesman said he couldn’t determine specific reasons for Chicago’s poor showing, but noted that a greater number of workers bringing their own wireless devices to the office can strain existing Wi-Fi networks.
In Chicago, 25.5 percent of workers gave their employer an A grade in Wi-Fi availability; 43.1 percent graded their employer at B, 15.7 percent gave a C, 2 percent gave a D, and 13.7 percent gave an F.
That compares with the top grade-A city, Minneapolis, where 43 percent gave their employer an A, the survey showed.
Above: Seriously? Photo by Mark Duncan.