I contacted SLA events about wireless at the SLA 2005 conference, since the venue supports it.
Here is their response:
As stated the Metro convention center does have Wireless capabities, but at this time are not planning on offering it, throughout the entire conference area. The convention center will allow you to pay for access on an individual basis through their business office.
SLA does offer a cyber connection area, where you can check email, free of charge to attendees.
So this is not terrible, assuming that the individual access covers all of the conference areas and is not ruinously expensive. I will try to find out the cost. Further options include:
- members lobbying SLA to get wireless for everyone at the conference
- interested wireless users getting together as a group to negotiate a better price for access
- rogue wireless using wireless access points (WAPs) brought in and connected to available high-speed Internet connections
UPDATE 2005-03-29: There is some positive news on this issue. Please see my March 22 posting SLA event blogging (and wireless).