View Full Version : Tech heavyweights form new company to provide nationwide wireless internet access

Dec 8, 2002, 05:29 PM
AT&T, Intel and IBM have announced that they are combining their technologies and capabilities to create a new company, Cometa Networks, that will provide high-speed wireless Internet access nationwide. The company will work with major national and regional retail chains, hotels, universities and real estate firms to deploy thousands of wireless "hot spots," which will utilize WiFi technology also called 802.11, the technology Apple's AirPort is based on. Cometa Networks' wireless access is targeted to begin roll out during 2003 in the 50 largest U.S. cities. By 2004, the company hopes to have 20,000 wireless access points, placing the service within a five-minute walk of any city resident, or a five-minute drive of a suburban resident.

prettty cool news.....

Mr. Anderson
Dec 8, 2002, 05:36 PM
Very cool - the idea of getting connect in major cities via WiFi without a hassle sounds great. Cost might be an issue if the service is an add on to existing ISPs.

But I wonder what will be said 100 years from now when data might come to light that all the extra RF being blasted at us from space (satellites), WiFi, Cell Phone, TV, Radio etc. is causing us all sorts of problems.


Over Achiever
Dec 8, 2002, 05:37 PM
Interesting...I wonder how much it would cost, or would it be free?

Side note: They could just build/buy a radio antennea and transmit...with a little mods of course ;)

Dec 8, 2002, 05:38 PM
This sounds awsome! But when will it come to the UK? It'd be FAR easier to do this in the UK, it's a MUCH smaller country to have to cover. But I bet it'll still be years before anyone even thinks of doing it over here :(

Dec 8, 2002, 05:58 PM
If its like the system at MacWorld, great. From what I've heard it will be up to the individual establishment regarding a fee. Hopefully part of the service, a way to entice customers into their business.

Dec 8, 2002, 06:17 PM
On the same day as this foreboding news is announced:

Dec 8, 2002, 06:27 PM
Originally posted by Nipsy
On the same day as this foreboding news is announced:
This is completely fing rediculous, why dont they just say that any new technology or means of advancement for the human race might also be used in a negative manner and possibly by terrorists for the wrong reasons so we are going to make all new advancements, unless they are used soley by us, illegal.

I hope they don't go through or are not allowed to go through with this....:mad:

Dec 8, 2002, 06:42 PM
wow this is really cool, I would hope it would be free, but most likely it will become a business much like with cellphones now. shouldnt be too pricey though right?

Dec 9, 2002, 05:43 AM
Yeah... but what about Clem and his little 'uns... is there gonna be access out in da Buyooooo???


Dec 9, 2002, 07:53 AM
Anyone on the Denver, CO or San Diego, CA area using Ricochet (http://ricochet.com/)? I'm wondering how fast it is. They say that it has speeds up to 400 kbps. I think it would be pretty cool to be sitting at the beach while surfing the web.