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Sprint Announces WiMax Rollout Cities

And Verizon announces a speed upgrade to their FiOS broadband service.

It is with great joy that I learn Austin, TX will be one of the first cities served by Sprint 4G WiMax service! Costing $55/mo, this will provide 2-4Mbps speeds, and could become the broadband of choice wherever cablemodem is not available, or only inferior DSL can be provided. Service will be available in Chicago, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Minneapolis, Baltimore, Boston, Philadelphia, Providence, Washington DC, Austin, Dallas, Denver, Fort Worth, Portland, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, and Seattle by April, 2008.


While Verizon still won’t be bringing FiOS to Austin, TX any time soon, they’ve announced a speed upgrade of 2.4Gbps downstream and 1.2Gbps upstream, (to be shared among groups of 32-64 users)! No word on any price hike, but the upgrade will occur first in nearby Lewisville, Texas early in the second quarter of this year, followed by Kirklyn, Pennsylvania next summer. This may not mean the end of cablemodem service, but it just might encourage them to give current customers yet another “free upgrade” to stay competative!



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