National WiFi

from the sounds-good-to-me dept

The NY Times, in their registration required way, have an article saying that a number of large tech companies are discussing plans to create a new company that will build a nationwide WiFi service. Some of the companies involved include Intel, AT&T Wireless, Verizon and IBM. They say that their project would be significantly more ambitious than startups like Boingo and Joltage, and that it would include building WiFi coverage in many areas – and also infrastructure for tying the big wireless carriers into the system as well. It’s an interesting idea – one that many smaller startups have failed at. It’ll be interesting to see if tackling it on a much grander scale means they can do it successfully – or if they’ll just be creating much grander losses. Update: The version of the story for those who like to avoid the NY Times.

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