Forget WiFi, I Want WiMAX

As expected, Intel today joined the WiMAX Forum working on the 802.16.a wireless broadband standard, which is designed to offer wireless broadband connections over a wider area – so, for instance, it could be used to connect 802.11 hotspots to the internet (instead of relying on cable, DSL, or a T1). Apparently, it can reach 31 miles of service in some circumstances. The WiMAX people are taking a page from the WiFi folks, and trying to build on that standard’s popularity.

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