You know how sometimes you have a friend connect their laptop to your wireless network and the whole thing overloads and shuts down? Annoying, right? Imagine having 68,500 friends over and knowing they’d all be able to be online at once with no issue. That’s exactly what the San Francisco 49ers are planning to do when their next stadium opens for the 2014 NFL season. Two of the 49ers’ head tech guys are former Facebook employees, having spent their time creating the most efficient networks possible for that site. The 49ers’ goal is to give fans speeds comparable to LTE, so somewhere between 20 to 40 megabits per second. While this year’s Super Bowl in New Orleans saw only a few more than 8,000 Wi-Fi connections at its peak, 49ers brass envisions a future where everyone will want to see alternate angles and instant replays. We’ll have to wait and see if San Francisco scores a touchdown with its Wi-Fi idea… or is forced to punt.
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Shelly Palmer is the Professor of Advanced Media in Residence at Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and CEO of The Palmer Group, a consulting practice that helps Fortune 500 companies with technology, media and marketing. Named LinkedIn’s “Top Voice in Technology,” he covers tech and business for Good Day New York, is a regular commentator on CNN and writes a popular daily business blog. He's a bestselling author, and the creator of the popular, free online course, Generative AI for Execs. Follow @shellypalmer or visit shellypalmer.com.