Are wew facing another VHS vs. Betamax or DVD-RW vs. DVD+RW? Wired seems to think it likely. At stake are the usual billions of dollars as Wi-Fi providers and cellular phone companies fight for customers.
There’s a reason why they’re so confident of an upcoming war- the real estate at stake is super-high-range broadband access to the Internet.
Wi-Fi on Steroids Heads for U.S.
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02:00 AM Apr. 16, 2004 PT
Broadband One Networks plans to introduce a wireless data service in September that would give high-speed Internet access to laptop-toting businesspeople roaming miles away from the nearest antenna.
Broadband One, a San Diego startup, will introduce the service in Bozeman, Montana, a college town tucked away in the south-central part of the state. If the service does well there, the company plans to offer the service in other parts of the country.
The only thing that appears to be a stumbling block is cost. In Australia, where the service is already being rolledout in the Sydney region, it costs a minimum of $1,067AU to get set up and running. Then another $157.95AU per month.
Not many people in this country will be likely to shell out that kind of cash for wireless broadband. I suppose that prices might be less as time goes on, but that’s way above two-way satellite access.