Verizon to build nationwide WiFi network

Verizon to build nationwide WiFi network
In a move that makes my little hi-tech heart leap, Verizon is about to make wireless laptop connecting as ubiquitous as cellphones. The broadband service, reported in USA TODAY, will cost $80 a month and requires a PC card ($150 after rebate).

The first phase of the build-out, which will take 18 months to two years, will begin by summer, says Verizon CEO Ivan Seidenberg, who will discuss the plan at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. He did not identify the first cities for the high-speed wireless service but says, “We will hit the major markets as soon as we (can). Whenever we’ve said we would roll something out nationwide, we did it pretty quick.”
This development is especially important for those with the imagination to see live television via broadband. Drazen Pantic’s experiments with WiFi now become much more viable, and the cost of running one’s own TV station — one that rides the infrastructure of the Internet — become affordable for nearly everyone. Within five years, hyperlocal “broadcasts” will impact the local video news market like nothing we’ve ever seen. Moreover, “stations” that represent the narrow needs and interests of tomorrow’s “tribes” will also flourish.


  1. WOW!! This is fantastic news.

    Those of us who are Mac people are already familiar with wireless broadband, and have been for years. I got my first Airport system in 2000, when I was working in an office building with a T1 line. It was amazing to have T1 speed on a laptop at the conference table, connected by absolutely no wires at all. To imagine having that capability anywhere I go — well, that’s just astounding! This is amazing fodder for the imagination of us scribblers, too. Wow. Wow. WOW!

  2. This is already happening in Idaho and Salt Lake City.

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