That said, it doesn't provide in home internet access, satellite or 3g coverage...
Citation needed. I am aware that some Chromebooks come without data, but I actually read the article and I don't see anywhere where they differentiate between Chromebooks with mobile data (and wifi) and Chromebooks without data (but only wifi).
My first Chromebook came with 2 years of free 3G Verizon service at 100MB per month (if you want to buy more than the free level of service, you can prepay for more, but there is no danger of getting charged when you go over that amount, once above that quota and if you're away from a wifi hotspot, the internet just stops, not only that but the indicator for how much data is left is very good, you can always tell how much you have left). Granted, 100 MB per month is a tiny amount of data, but I have it turned off by default, and I only use it for emergency email/lookups.
On my second Chromebook, it came with 3 years of free 4G/LTE data on Verizon. Again, that amount is 100 MB per month, which again is really tiny, but it's great to have in case of emergency.
The best thing with Chromebooks is that they're cheap, they're easy to replace if damaged, and they have a lousy game selection. Personally, I hope that it stays that way. I actually don't like the recent development of placing touch interfaces on some of the Chromebooks. It increases the battery consumption and increases the likelihood that kids will play more with it.