Nancy Sarnoff says that WiFi is beginning to get built in to new suburban housing developments.
The developer of Seven Meadows, a new master-planned community in Katy, has made wireless Internet access available at its six-acre park and recreation area.
The high-tech capabilities will soon span the entire 1,000-acre neighborhood, according to developer Newland Communities. The company plans to launch Wi-Fi in its other Houston projects, including Summerwood and Grayson Lakes.
"Wireless Internet service is fast becoming an essential amenity for residents of quality master-planned communities," said Lisa Chahin, vice president of operations at Newland.
Other places are embracing the wireless world.
Wi-Fi access will soon be available in Sienna Plantation, a 10,500-acre development in Missouri City.
General manager Doug Goff said it will be available in areas like the swim park, fitness center and golf club.
"We're at a point now in the community that there seems to be a growing demand for it," Goff said.
And parts of The Woodlands have adopted Wi-Fi, as well.
The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center and parts of The Woodlands Mall have been outfitted with wireless capabilities.
And Market Street, a new outdoor shopping center, recently installed the technology in its central park.