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Fix your gaze on wireless broadband.

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This story appears in the May 2002 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

If T1 prices make you choke and your business is outside DSL's range, fixed wireless may be your best broadband Internet option. It's available in 2,670 local markets nationwide from about 600 small-mostly entrepreneurial-ISPs, reports Robert Hoskins, editor and publisher of the Broadband Wireless Exchange webzine (www.bbwexchange.com).

The service best-suited to entrepreneurs is the relatively new 802.11b technology. The same 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi protocol that delivers 10Mbps worth of LAN bandwidth indoors can transfer data up to 1.5Mbps for 10 miles between an ISP's transceiver and your own antenna.

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